As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up, endorsements become ever more crucial. Bernie Sanders can chalk up at least one victory with the recent endorsement by “Make the Road Action,” an immigrant rights group.
The organization was launched in 2010 and supports immigrants and minorities to get active politically. The group is most active in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Nevada. It has never endorsed a presidential candidate before its endorsement of Sanders.
The endorsement came after a prolonged examination of all the candidates running for the office of president, and by the end of the summer of 2019 had narrowed its choice down to Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro and Sanders. Make the Road Action ended up picking Sanders, mostly on the merits of his immigration plan, which will stop deportations and dismantle the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies. Warren has not come out in favor of those two proposals, and Castor stepped out of the race, leaving Sanders as the group’s choice for president.
The co-executive director of Make the Road Action, Javier H. Valdés, said the group will work to build support for Sanders in Nevada, which hopefully will bring a new momentum to Sander’s campaign.
Sanders’ campaign “reminds us every day that progressive values and issue priorities are both the right thing to do and the right way to beat Trump,” said Valdes. “We can and must fight for a country where members of our communities are free to stay, free to move, and free to thrive. And we are proud to fight alongside Bernie Sanders to realize that vision.”