MI FAMILIA VOTA NEWS RELEASE
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFV EF) – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing Latino civic engagement – and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada – a nonprofit organization that seeks to achieve greater social justice in Nevada – are working in coalition with small businesses in Rep. Mark Amodei’s congressional district to help build support for Immigration Reform among the business community.
Small business owners from Congressional District 2 will have the opportunity to voice their support for immigration reform. They hope their message will be heard loud and clear by Representative Amodei, Congress must move on comprehensive immigration reform with earned citizenship this year in order to ensure the continued success of our communities and economy in Nevada and throughout the country.
Immigrants are essential to Nevada’s economy as workers and taxpayers. Immigrants comprised 25.1% of the state’s workforce in 2011 (or 348,671 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, Latino immigrants in Nevada paid roughly $2.6 billion in federal taxes and $1.6 billion in state and local taxes (including $500 million in sales taxes) in 2005.
Lastly, according to a 2007 report from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, the money that Latino immigrants “earn and spend in Nevada accounts for about 25 percent of the State’s Gross State Product,” and Latino immigrant “employment, income and spending results in the creation of 108,380 jobs in Nevada.
About Mi Familia Vota
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund is a national non-profit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation by promoting citizenship, increasing voter registration, and increasing voter participation. Mi Familia Vota is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country with operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. For more information visit www.mifamiliavota.org.
About the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada brings together diverse and potentially competing organizations into one cohesive force for social and environmental justice in Nevada. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada also utilizes five external Program Committees involving the Executive Committee members, member groups, staff, and community allies. These Committees are: Economic and Tax Justice, Racial Justice, Immigration, Environmental Justice, and the Nevada Young Activist Project. For more information visit http://www.planevada.org/.