CIPC Welcomes Election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

A Biden-Harris administration gives immigrants and advocates a chance to reset the conversation.

Los Angeles —Today, after months of debates, town halls, and civic engagement, the American people elected Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Kamala Harris, who represented California as the state’s attorney general and more recently in the Senate, also made history as the nation’s first Black and South Asian woman to be elected vice president of the United States.

“We welcome the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to the White House as our next president and vice president, respectively,” said Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. “We are looking forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration on not only reversing the horrific immigration policies from the previous administration, but making sure that new progressive policies and legislation are enacted that respect the humanity and dignity of immigrant communities across the country.”

Over the last four years, the Trump administration implemented policies that significantly hindered the livelihoods of all immigrants, regardless of status. Many essential workers, who continued on the frontlines during COVID-19, have been denied critical access to health care, financial assistance, and other basic human rights under this administration.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris give immigrants and immigration advocates a chance to reset the conversation and the policies around our communities and to reimagine what it means to be an immigrant in this country, especially after four years of harmful rhetoric and policy,” Buiza said. “California will continue to be a national leader in advocating and fighting for immigrants’ rights and for the human dignity of BIPOC communities across this state and this country.”

About CIPC

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a statewide immigrant rights organization that supports, promotes, and protects, worker’s rights and economic justice, health and public benefits, and integration programs for immigrants. As an Immigrant Rights leader, CIPC successfully combines legislative and policy advocacy, strategic communications, statewide organizing, and regional coalition capacity building to pursue its mission of advocating for policies that uphold the humanity of immigrants and refugees while advancing racial, social, and economic justice.

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