Statement of Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California State Council, on Rep. Miller’s retirement announcement:
“Rep. Miller’s decision not to pursue re-election shows the growing strength of the voters who support an inclusive and open society, and the dwindling number of GOP representatives who believe they can stand in the way of comprehensive immigration reform.
“Miller’s retirement will be a signal to others in his party that they must too heed the lessons of the “187 effect”: embrace the growing call for reform that strengthens families, enhances our national security and boosts our economy, or get out of the way as the nation’s emerging electorate grows in strength at the ballot box.
“It’s no coincidence Miller’s retirement comes after thousands of working men and women joined immigration advocates, human rights activists, civil rights activists, DREAMers and business and community organizations to mobilize immigration voters in CD 31. Together, Mi Familia Vota, SEIU and allies have identified more than 4,000 immigration voters in the district in the last 6 months.
“SEIU’s men and women stand alongside our immigrant brothers and sisters to celebrate this victory, knowing that together we have the power to change Congress by electing representatives dedicated to opportunities for ALL California families.”