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Issue Position: Civil Rights

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Sen. Soto got his start in leading our community as class counsel for Hispanic residents of the City of Kissimmee who faced a discriminatory at-large election system. Throughout his 5 years in office, he has been a strong advocate for the civil rights of all Floridians. He successfully helped defeat attempts to bring an Arizona-Styled Immigration law to Florida, which would have lead to racial-profiling of Hispanics and been a major blow to our economy by creating costly and unnecessary burdens on businesses. Darren is a major supporter of the Dream Act and believes the federal government must pass immigration reform which creates a workable foreign worker program.

Sen. Soto played an integral role in stopping attempts to split the Florida Supreme Court into two separate criminal and civil courts. These radical changes could have lead to court-packing before key redistricting reviews and irrevocably upset the checks and balances our forefathers put in place to preserve our democracy. The court remains preserved as one Supreme Court to this day as a result.

He continues to fight against anti-voter legislation passed in 2011 which reduced early voting hours, created excessive penalties and banned address changes at the polls. Darren has also been a strong supporter of Fair Districts and an advocate for a fair redistricting process to assure all voters have reasonable representation. He successfully stopped attempts to shield legislators from depositions and other litigation inquiries during the redistricting process. These reforms have lead to reduced gerrymandering and more sensibly-shaped districts respecting local government boundaries while protecting minority representation during the 2012 redistricting process.


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