Statement from Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Wednesday made the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border:

“Families belong together. It really is that simple. As a mom and as a New Mexican, I refuse to stay silent about the Trump Administration’s inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. There are dark chapters in American history: We put Japanese Americans in internment camps; we took Native American children away from their parents; and we sold black children into slavery. Have we learned nothing from our past? I am ready to lend my voice, my time and my energy to right this wrong, stop family separation and reunite families.

“Backward-thinking policies like family separation remind me that whom we elect matters. And that means your vote matters. As we head into the November election, please make sure you are registered to vote and that you cast a ballot that reflects your values. We can make positive change when we make our voices heard.”

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Background:
New Mexicans elected Maggie Toulouse Oliver to serve as their Secretary of State in a 2016 special election, after the previous Secretary of State when to jail for corruption. Since taking office, Maggie has held elected officials accountable for campaign finance violations, shined a light on dark money in New Mexico politics and made it easier for New Mexicans to register to vote and to cast their ballot.

Maggie is co-chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State Elections Committee and is a member of the Elections Government Sector Coordinating Council, a national effort to coordinate federal and state resources to ensure safe, secure elections at all levels.

Previously, Maggie served as Bernalillo County Clerk for nine years, where she made protecting the right to vote, improving the integrity of the election process and ensuring accountable leadership her top priorities.

Maggie is running for re-election to serve her first full term as New Mexico Secretary of State.

Maggie grew up in New Mexico, graduated from Albuquerque Public Schools and received her Bachelor’s Master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She has two sons and lives in Santa Fe.

New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association endorses Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association (NMPFFA) today endorsed Maggie Toulouse Oliver in her campaign to be re-elected New Mexico Secretary of State, the union’s president announced.

“Maggie has proven to be a great leader and has brought integrity back to the Secretary of State’s office,” said Diego Arencon, president of NMPFFA. “As Secretary of State, Maggie has worked hard to ensure ethical elections for all New Mexicans and to boost transparency of public officials. NMPFFA is proud to endorse Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State.”

Toulouse Oliver said she is working hard to increase transparency so that voters know who is spending money on campaigns and how they are spending it.

“This endorsement means a lot to me because firefighters are some of our most dedicated public servants,” said Toulouse Oliver. “My staff and I are working hard to make sure voters have access to the ballot box and as much information about candidates as possible when they cast their vote. New Mexicans deserve the highest levels of transparency and efficiency when it comes to campaigns and elections.”

You can read more about Maggie Toulouse Oliver here.

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