FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2017
Natalia Jaramillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, D.C. - Over the weekend, the Trump Administration released its “Immigration Principles and Policies”. As expected from an Administration that has consistently attacked immigrant communities since before the elections, the document is nothing more than a set of guidelines to legitimize white supremacy and further the persecution of immigrants in our country.
The following are statements from We Belong Together’s leadership:
“We are not surprised by the Administration’s immigration priorities because white supremacy has defined his agenda since before he took office. What really surprises us is the short-sightedness of members of Congress who are willing to destroy families and entire communities with these political games,,” says Jeanette Vizguerra, undocumented mother of a DACA recipient and leader with the We Belong Together campaign. “We want Congress to know that immigrant mothers like me are not backing down on our position either. Our families are and will always be our main priority. We will never accept any initiative that treats our children as second class citizens, while using them as bargaining chips to deport their parents, terrorize families and communities at the border, and lock up children and youth who come to our border fleeing life threatening violence and extreme poverty.”
“This proposal is not what the public wants, nor what the country needs. There is broad, bipartisan support for a clean DREAM Act that focuses on protecting immigrant youth without deporting their parents or attacking other immigrants. Eighty three percent of voters in this country support a DREAM Act with a path to citizenship. By offering our youth up as a bargaining chip towards his own political ends, Trump has made it clear that he has no interest in a real solution for the crisis he himself created when he eliminated DACA,” says Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “Over and over again, from Charlottesville to Puerto Rico and the border, Trump and his Administration’s cruelty claims the day. Members of Congress cannot make ‘deals’ with the White House at the expense of the safety and sanctity of our families. We expect our elected leaders to show courage and stop this white supremacist agenda from moving forward.”