In a tight race to win the Senate, Ossoff and Warnock promise “path to legality” for undocumented immigrants

Ossoff and Warnock, Democratic candidates for the two Senate seats in Georgia, promise immigration reform if they win second round The Ja...

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Los candidatos demócratas a los dos puestos de Georgia en el Senado, Jon Ossoff (izq.) y Raphael Warnock. Foto: Getty
  • Ossoff and Warnock, Democratic candidates for the two Senate seats in Georgia, promise immigration reform if they win second round
  • The January 5 contest looks pretty tight against its Republican adversaries, current Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler
  • From their respective buses touring the corners of Georgia, Ossoff and Warnock send a message to the Hispanic community

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the Democratic candidates for Georgia’s two Senate seats that will define which of the two parties will have the majority in the second round on January 5, are not taken for granted by Republican rivals David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both currently holding office.

The journalist and the reverend are riding on their respective buses campaigning all over the peach state, which in November gave the surprise with the victory of Joe Biden, a blue triumph that had not been seen since the nineties.

Will both reissue the ‘miracle’ of November? This is what Ossoff and Warnock responded in an interview with MundoHispánico, and took the opportunity to send a message to Hispanics.

MundoHispánico (MH): Biden won Georgia with a difference of only 12,000 votes. There are an estimated 23,000 more new registered voters for this second round. What are you doing to maintain or improve the November results considering that Perdue and Loeffler have a slight advantage according to the last two polls?

Jon Ossoff (JO): Yes. I want to urge everyone to have a plan to vote and consider what we can accomplish if we win. We can pass direct relief for small businesses, invest in jobs, in infrastructure, improve our public schools, pass a immigration reform comprehensive, we can make education and healthcare more affordable, which is why I want to urge the Hispanic community to vote and humbly ask for your support of Latino voters in Georgia, because we deserve a United States Senator who puts voters rather than the financial well-being and economic opportunities of their own portfolio of stocks on the stock market.

Raphael Warnock (RW): Well, we expect a close contest, so every vote counts. We take nothing for granted, which is why I’m on the bus right now touring Georgia, talking to voters, reminding them of what’s at stake: health care, the status of Georgia’s 1.8 million people with pre-existing conditions, and the need for stimulus by the covid-19 that would help ordinary families to avoid eviction from their homes for not paying rent and would prevent small businesses from closing in the middle of this pandemic that still continues. It is an urgent moment, I believe that the voters feel how much is at stake and that is why they are participating in historical and unprecedented numbers for the second round.

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MH: Diversity helped Biden win in Georgia, but minorities, especially Hispanics, are struggling with the pandemic in cases and deaths, but also with an economic crisis. If you win the second round, what are the first steps you will take to address these issues for the benefit of the Hispanic community?

JO: I will vote to pass the direct stimulus check for individuals and small business relief. My opponent, David Perdue, has opposed this measure. Those who live in Georgia are suffering through no fault of their own, and the Hispanic community has been especially hard hit by this pandemic. I will work hard to revitalize the small business community, provide relief to families and small businesses, and pass an employment program to create jobs by improving our infrastructure and public schools, and building new clinics to serve the community.

RW: We have to do several things. Strengthen the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) to protect people with pre-existing health conditions and provide health care to workers. The pandemic affects all communities, but the Hispanic community is disproportionately represented among the uninsured in Georgia, so my first focus will be on health care and also making sure we get financial relief to deal with the health crisis. covid-19. A couple of weeks ago I was touring Hispanic businesses in Forrest Park and it is inspiring to see what small business owners have managed to do with little help from the government. They are fighting, many of them have managed to keep their doors open, operating with profit margins close to zero, so they support the families of their employees by keeping their jobs. When we saw the covid relief package in the spring, unfortunately large corporations, which are so well connected in Congress, were at the forefront in receiving benefits while small businesses were at the end of the line. That can’t happen again, we have to make sure we pass out an aid that focuses on the small businesses, workers and families right now who are literally struggling to eat and stay in their homes. Those families need direct help.

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MH: Immigration is the number one issue among Hispanics. DACA recipients scored a recent victory
of the Supreme Court. President-elect Biden promised immigration changes in the first 100 days in office. What is your immigration plan?

JO: We must call for comprehensive immigration reform that establishes a path to legal status for those who lack documentation but who otherwise follow the law, that protects DACA recipients, and that secures our borders. And border security does not mean border brutality. Family separation is an atrocity, it is immoral, and Trump administration officials who ripped innocent children from their parents at the border must take responsibility. There must be responsibility on the part of David Perdue for supporting this policy.

RW: We need to keep the promise we made to the ‘dreamers’ a few years ago. This (United States) is the only home they have ever known, and these young people who are part of America’s future and progress deserve a dignified path to citizenship. But not only that: the 12 million people who live in the shadows, work in our country every day, pay taxes, don’t get in trouble and want to be able to fully embrace the American promise, we have to give them a path that allows them to embrace patriotism. Finally, we have to get back to dignity and decency, and stop putting (migrant) children in cages. It is not (an action) American and it goes against the ideals of our country.

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MH: Georgia and you two are the epicenter of national politics these days. What is the message for Hispanics in Georgia and those who are lining up these days to participate in early voting?

JO: I want to urge young Latino voters in particular to attend, so that we can pass immigration reform, to protect DACA recipients, make college tuition at public universities debt free, raise the minimum wage, and support small businesses. Young Latino Voters Will Make a Difference, “Young Latino Voters Will Make a Difference,” this should be your headline, Jesus. Young Latino voters will make a difference and make history here in Georgia.

RW: Our Latino sisters and brothers are an indispensable part of our life together as Georgians. The collective, the culture we create together and our economy. They work hard in agriculture, technology and Hispanics should know that I understand that our country is what is inspired by diversity and because of diversity. I come from a community that knows what it is to be despised, marginalized. The Hispanic community must know that I will press hard against the forces that seek to divide us. I am part of and I defend a new South of the United States, emerging, that is increasingly diverse, progressive and that embraces the future.

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