February 14, 2019
Hyattsville, MD ― Today, Gustavo Torres, the Executive Director of CASA released the following statement in response to President Trump possibly declaring a national emergency:
“President Trump plans to declare an emergency are fueled by his exaggerated and racist perception of Latinos and immigrants and because the right wing media has called him weak. The very fact that Trump has delayed so long illustrates that there is no true emergency to be addressed.
The real emergency lies in the people whose lives have been affected by stalled immigration reform, the many DACA recipients and TPS holders whose lives have been put on hold not knowing whether they will be able to stay in this country, and the innumerable families separated by unjust immigration enforcement. The real emergency is a mother named “Roxana” who is at constant risk of deportation because she dared to sue a sheriff to defend her civil rights. The real emergency is a racist and xenophobic president who has installed alt right minions at every level of government.”
With almost 100,000 members across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and South Central PA, CASA organizes with and litigates on behalf of low-wage immigrants. www.WeAreCASA.org