Rep. Anastasia P. Williams applauded the sweeping immigration changes contained within President Barack Obama’s recent executive order, pointing out that the new policies will assist immigrants from all nations.
“The Latino population is the largest and fastest-growing in Rhode Island and the nation, but the president’s executive order addresses the needs of all immigrants,” said Representative Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence). “Rhode Island is a melting pot of people from not only Latino nations, but from Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and elsewhere. His actions will protect immigrants from all nations.”
Representative Williams was born in Panama and came to the U.S. at age 12.
“As a proud Latina, I am pleased that the president is assisting all people who have migrated to this country. The president took these steps to fix a broken system and help immigrants of all colors and nationalities,” said Representative Williams. “As Latino elected officials in Rhode Island, we represent all immigrants and we should stand up and showcase this opportunity for everyone helped by the new federal policies implemented by our president.”
Representative Williams, the chairwoman of the Rhode Island Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, will begin her 23rd year as a state representative in January 2015.