Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, along with other donors, have come together to bankroll a $15 million campaign to encourage Latinos and other immigrants to get out and vote in the upcoming Presidential elections, according to an article published on The New York Times Online.
Soros and the liberal donors are hoping that their funding will go towards mobilizing Latinos and immigrants against candidate hopeful Donald Trump and the other Republicans. The president of the Latino Victory Project, Cristóbal Alex, said of Trump, “From the first day he attacked us, he called us rapists and thieves. We could have a giant wall built and millions of families broken apart. The country is on the precipice”.
This outreach according to The New York Times article is to be coordinated through a super PAC will be called Immigrant Voters Win PAC. Strategists are saying that the amount being spent is one of the largest efforts ever spent on getting the Democratic voter-turnout for Latinos and immigrants. The majority of the money will go towards states that have a growing Latino and Asian population, such as Florida, Colorado, and Nevada. These states are also vital in the battle for which party will control the senate. Organizers for the super PAC are hoping that their campaign will bring in up to 400,000 new voters who will vote Democrat in the polls this year.
George Soros is personally donating $5 million to the super PAC. Soros is an immigrant to America, coming from Hungary in 1947. What has struck Soros the most in this Presidential race is hearing how the Republican candidates plan on blocking Muslim refugees from seeking aid in America. Soros said, “The intense anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been fueled by the Republican primary is deeply offensive. It is harmful to our democracy and to our national interests. There should be consequences for the outrageous statements and proposals that we’ve regularly heard.”