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Babs Siperstein, right, and Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle watch as the State Assembly votes on a bill that would allow for the selection of gender-neutral on a New Jersey birth certificate on May 24, 2018 in Trenton (New Jersey Assembly Majority Office Photo)

Top immigrant advocacy group endorses Vainieri Huttle for Senate

By David Wildstein, March 17 2021 3:11 pm

Calling her a “champion for causes of immigrants and working class communities,” Make the Road Action has endorsed Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle for State Senate in the 37th district.

“Now, during the pandemic, when our state is at risk of worsening economic and racial inequality, we need strong leaders like Valerie to support a just recovery and ensure that no one is left behind from aid, especially our immigrant brothers and sisters,” said Sara Cullinane, the state director the grassroots organization that advocates for the rights of immigrants. “Her commitment to expanding access to care to undocumented immigrants and ending ICE detention in our state are the visionary leadership we need.”

Vainieri Huttle faces Gordon Johnson, an assemblyman, in the June 8 Democratic primary for the Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Loretta Weinberg.

Karen Sibina, a Teaneck resident and a member of  the group, praised Vainieri Huttle for her efforts to expand access for immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.

“Her commitment to fighting against detention and to expand access to health care are crucial to immigrants across our state receiving the respect and dignity they deserve,” Sibina said.

Vainieri Huttle said he was committed to backing an end to immigration detention and for expanded health care.

“The pandemic has taught us that we cannot survive as a state if we don’t take care of each of our New Jerseyans,” the

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