LWV Deplores Plan to End DACA

On September 5, the Trump administration announced their intention to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 immigrants in jeopardy.

League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement:

“This administration’s decision to rescind the ‘Dreamers’ program is shameful and does not serve national interest.  As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. Yet time and time again, this administration has discriminated against immigrants and communities of color.

“Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment. Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and are Americans in everything but the name.

“The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge Congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.”

Portland LWV Advocates for Public Involvement in Police Oversight

On August 24, LWVPDX Action Chair Debbie Aiona testified before the Portland City Council on the proposed Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP). She expressed appreciation for the steps being taken to involve the public in the selection of PCCEP members, while also strongly recommending that all PCCEP meetings be open to the public. Read all of her testimony here.

League of Women Voters statement on Charlottesville

The League of Women Voters of Portland extends its sympathies to the families and victims of the acts of domestic terrorism that took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 12. The League denounces these violent acts of white supremacy and works with others to advance racial justice. We reaffirm the League’s belief in equal rights for all and support those who speak out against hate and violence.

Below is part of a statement from Chris Carson, president of the LWV of the U.S. The entire statement may be viewed at http://lwv.org/press-releases/lwv-statement-charlottesville

“…while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism.”

 

LWV Statement on Kobach Request for Voter Records

League Opposes Kobach Request for Voter Records

On June 30,  League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson released a statement on Kris Kobach’s request for every state’s voter records and the Elections Integrity Commission.

“There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights…

“State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. The League stands with those state leaders who have already come out to support their voters and refuse these requests from Mr. Kobach and the EIC.”

LWV Statement on Senate Health Care Bill

On June 22, League of Women Voters of the U.S. president Chris Carson issued the following statement on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” unveiled by Senate leadership:

“The Better Care Reconciliation Act is even worse than the version we saw pass in the House of Representatives and is not worthy of this great nation. The cuts to Medicaid will be massive and will destroy the system that so many Americans rely on…”

Read President Carson’s full statement

The LWV position on Health Care begins “The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents.” Read more here about the League’s study and work on health care issues.