On Thursday, Jan. 26, Florida House Democrats walked out of a hearing on refugees in protest of a presentation led by Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which has been called a hate group and described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an organization “spreading anti-immigrant ideas.”
The members of SEIU Florida salute the following state representatives who protested the hate group insidiously named Center for Immigration Studies. We applaud the leadership of Clovis Watson, Barrington Russell, Emily Slosberg, Matt Willhite and Patricia Hawkins-Williams and other House Democrats in their protest against racism, hatred and bigotry
Inviting the leader of a group founded by a racist who launched the modern anti-immigrant movement and advocates for a white majority culture to the detriment of people of color is a slap in the face to Florida’s hard-working families, whether immigrants or not. There must be basic standards for humanity and mutual respect in our political process. No person or organization advocating for racism and bigotry deserves a seat at the table. Period.
Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers.
By Monica Russo