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Stephanie Murphy lets immigration reform shirt do the talking

Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy is showing off her roots and making a pitch for immigration reform.

The freshman congresswoman from Winter Park was “the girl rescued at sea,” as a campaign mailer dubbed her last year, a refugee with her family from Vietnam in the 1970s, and a proud U.S. immigrant. And she’s an advocate of immigration reform.

So she’s modeling a shirt from the nonpartisan immigration reform group,, an organization started by the technologies industry including Microsoft, Facebook, DropBox, Airbnb and others.

She posted her picture wearing the “I Am An Immigrant” t-shirt on social media with the message, “#IAmAnImmigrant and proud of it. Our nation’s diversity is its strength. Opportunity and freedom keep the American dream alive.”

Pete Boogaard, communications director for replied, “We’re grateful to Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy for participating in the “I Am An Immigrant” campaign, a powerful movement that encourages people to celebrate their heritage and share what it means to be an immigrant in America. Nearly everyone in America has an immigrant story, and “I Am An Immigrant” is particularly important at this moment in time given the uncertainty facing many immigrants, including Dreamers and DACA recipients. We are also We’re thankful to Congresswoman Murphy for her continued support of Dreamers and for DACA, which is under threat of repeal.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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