CASA Denounces President Trump’s Executive Order to Cut Funding to Cities Protecting Immigrants and Build a Wall with MexicoPosted January 25, 2017 /
WASHINGTON, D.C. (JANUARY 25, 2017) CASA condemns President Donald Trump’s expected move to undo sanctuary city policies that prevent local police departments from inquiring about immigration status and a separate order that would begin the process of building a wall with Mexico.
These actions are direct attempts to marginalize immigrants.
“Trump is trying to send fear and panic through our community and has a complete lack of compassion towards those who work, contribute and add to the diversity that is this country,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres.
Some municipalities in the metro area have moved to protect their immigrant residents by passing or planning to pass ordinances that would bar discrimination of immigrants and prevent local law enforcement from inquiring about a person’s immigration status. These areas include Washington D.C.. Baltimore, Annapolis, Howard County and Takoma Park.
Studies show that sanctuary cities are safer because they encourage good relationships between undocumented immigrants and law enforcement. 70% of undocumented immigrants and 44% of Latinos surveyed are less likely to report if they were the victim of crime and 45% of Latinos are less likely report crimes or voluntarily offer information about a crime for fear police officers would about their immigration status.
Furthermore, the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution provides a separation of federal and state powers. The Amendment prevents the federal government from coercing state and local governments to use their resources to enforce a federal regulatory program.
“These actions are illegal and we plan to fight them all the way,” Torres said.
In regards to building a wall in the border with Mexico, the move is highly reprehensible and does not represent the values of diversity and equality for which the United States stand.
The United States is a country that prides itself of being a country of immigrants fleeing abuse, crime, and offering freedom to the oppressed. Immigrants have been the motor of the U.S. economy even when other developed countries face recession.
“No wall will stop immigration. No wall will stop people from dreaming, nor will it stop my daughter from dreaming,” said said Madai Ledezma, an undocumented worker who lives in the Washington metro area.
CASA promises to resist attempts to attack immigrants through local and municipal actions and protests like the one happening in front of the White House today.
WHO: Immigrant and refugee advocates rally for IMMIGRANT rights and support those who have chosen to protect them.
WHEN 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017
WHERE: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.