FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2017
Washington, DC — We Belong Together, a campaign of women for fair immigration policies, denounces Trump’s moves today to further solidify his mass deportation agenda. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tasked with carrying out the brunt of Trump’s Executive Orders on interior immigration enforcement and border security( originally announced in January) issued memorandum and FAQs today on how these orders will be implemented.
Andrea Cristina Mercado, Chair of We Belong Together, stated:
“The DHS announcements serve no other purpose than to dehumanize people and justify any acts of cruelty towards immigrant communities. Trump is creating an ever more massive and costly deportation and detention machine that will only hurt communities across the country and instill fear and terror. We are already seeing the harmful results.
Ms. Gonzalez, an undocumented transgender woman and domestic violence survivor in El Paso, TX, was detained in the court where she was seeking an order of protection from her abuser. Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient, was detained by ICE agents in Seattle, and Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights leader and undocumented mother of four, chose to enter sanctuary in Denver when faced with the threat of deportation before a routine check-in with ICE. These are just some of the many stories of lives being caught in the crossfire of Trump’s hateful policies.
There’s no question that immigrant women play a key role in our communities and our economy. Everyone should have the freedom to protect and provide for themselves and their loved ones. We Belong Together members will continue to defend our democracy and stand for due process and justice.”
About We Belong Together
We Belong Together is a campaign anchored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to mobilize women in support of immigration policies that keep families together and empower women.