Immigrant Youth Stage Sit-in at Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr’s Office to Urge He Vote NO on SB 168

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

With Its Counterpart HB 527 Passing in the Florida House, Florida Residents Urge the Senate to Put an End to These Racial Profiling & Family Separation Bills

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Miami, FL – Today, dozens of immigrant youth and allies staged a sit-in at the Hialeah Gardens district office of State Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. to urge him to vote NO on SB 168.

SB 168 is a racial profiling and family separation bill that would force all cities to work with ICE in targeting their community members. Its counterpart, HB 527, cleared the House just yesterday and now it is up to the Senate to block it from becoming law.

You can find more pictures here, here, and here.

You can watch the Facebook livestream here.

Maria Bilbao, Organizer with United We Dream – FL, said:

“Two years ago, a group of mothers and I drove to the Texas Capitol to protest against the racial profiling law SB 4. We went because we knew that it was an injustice for politicians to turn the police into ICE agents that would target communities of color and immigrants. I am so ashamed of Florida politicians for bringing this hateful law to our state.

We are raising our voice against SB 168 because this bill has no place in Florida. It will create racial profiling, tear apart families, and create fear for people who want to vacation and do business in our communities. Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. must stop this dangerous bill.”

Idalia Quinteros, senior at Miami Senior High School and undocumented youth leader with United We Dream – FL, said:

“Florida has been my home for eleven years. My family and I came to this country to escape the increasing crime and violence of El Salvador and to work. We came here with courage in our hearts to build a better future for ourselves.

In June, I graduated high school and what was once excitement and optimism for college, has turned into fear of being detained on campus or being intimidated by the authorities. SB 168 will disrupt the learning environment for students like me and even students that are citizens who may profiled because of the color of their skin.

My mom, my dad, and our communities deserve to be together in our home, not torn apart. I ask that Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. put his community ahead of political pressures and vote NO on this bill.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.