Today’s primary in Indiana is will determine which Democratic Candidate — lawyers Dan Canon, of New Albany, and Liz Watson, of Bloomington — will represent the Democrats against incumbent Republican Rep. Hollingsworth.
Canon, who made waves earlier this year when he said he supports getting rid of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement entity, is facing a very close primary against Watson.
“ICE is an organization that exists, essentially, to break up families, to needlessly detain nonviolent people for extraordinary periods of time. We treat people that are undocumented immigrants worse than the most heinous of accused criminals that are citizens,” he shared in a statement earlier this year. “The agency talks about, and treats, human beings like they’re animals. They scoop up people in their apartments or their workplaces and take them miles away from their spouses and children.”
Canon’s principles when it comes to treatment of immigrants is simple and straight to the point: No one should suffer discrimination based upon their race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability, or nationality. Currently, undocumented immigrants across the country have no right to an attorney, and immigration authorities make it as hard as possible for lawyers to represent them.
In other issues, Canon is the sort of candidate progressives are proud of—a populist, with well rounded credentials and all around good guy. His clear and passionate support of universal health care, decriminalizing marijuana as a means to tackle the opioid crisis, raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform, and other progressive benchmarks are just a few examples of what makes him a strong candidate.
As results start to pour in later this evening, one thing is clear: A good portion of Democrats across Indiana’s Ninth District are hopping Canon is their champion to beat Rep. Hollingsworth in November. And among those, is the population of undocumented immigrants, that although they can’t vote, they see Canon as their champion and advocate, and someone who will protect them if makes it to Congress.