An Agenda Fueled by Racism

June 30, 2017


Natalia Jaramillo, (786) 317-3524

The Message to Immigrant and Muslim Families Is Loud and Clear: Our Country’s Immigration Policies are Driven by Hate

Washington, D.C. - This week, millions of families in the US sustained continued and on-going attacks by the Trump Administration and Congress. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved two anti-immigrant bills (H.R. 3003 and ​H.R. 3004) that dramatically change immigration law to further criminalize immigrants and punish local governments that have limited their role in federal immigration enforcement. Also, Trump’s shameful and discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban partially went into effect limiting entry to refugees and certain individuals from 6 Muslim-majority countries. And finally, a set of 10 states cruelly threatened to file suit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which started in 2012 and has allowed over 800,000 young people in this country to obtain work authorization and relief from deportation.

The following is a statement from Sameera Hafiz, Advocacy Director for We Belong Together:

“The nightmare facing millions of families continues to grow. Many Muslim community members are no longer able to reunite with their grandmothers, grandchildren and other relatives. Refugee mothers and children ready to begin their futures in freedom and safety, now face uncertainty. Congress is imposing a dangerous threat of potentially coercing local law enforcement to put aside the needs of the communities they are sworn to protect. And, thousands of parents wonder how the government could consider taking away opportunities for success for their sons and daughters by ending the DACA program.

The current Administration’s extremist agenda, which has overtaken Congress as well, falsely advertises making our country great, but only for the wealthy, white and privileged few. However, the normalization of religious discrimination, the targeting of immigrant communities and the move toward expanding mechanisms for the mass incarceration of people of color hurts all of us and violates the moral compass that guides us.

We are many, we are strong, we are resilient, and we will keep resisting these attacks in every way possible, from our homes and neighborhoods, to the Courts and the polls.”