MFV Reaction to Ret. Gen. John Kelly’s Confirmation Hearing



January 10, 2016



Anna Castro | annac@mifamiliavota.org | 619.228.5332

MFV Reaction to Ret. Gen. John Kelly’s Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota:

“As Mi Familia Vota prepares to join hundreds of immigrant and civil rights organizations across the country on January 14, a national day of action, we must highlight how important it is that the Latino community learns what President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stands for because while Trump has promised extreme and reckless national security and immigration policies, his pick will be tasked with implementing these policies.

Unfortunately, today during Ret. Gen. John Kelly’s hearing, questions on border communities focused on Border Patrol’s morale problem, rather than Border’s Patrol’s problem respecting the Constitutional rights of border community members. When asked about Central American people seeking asylum, Kelly acknowledged that they are fleeing violence, but did not give details on how the right to seek asylum at the border would be protected. Lastly, when Sen. Kamala Harris pressed on whether he supports the DACA program, Kelly hesitated, only conceding that he knows that with limited resources priorities for enforcement would have to be made if the program is repealed.

With DHS at the front lines of immigration enforcement, Kelly’s answers don’t reassure DACA recipients, undocumented people, and their families who live in fear of mass deportations under a Trump Administration. Instead, his answers indicate an urgent need to unite and lift each other up to fight for our communities. First, by making our voices heard on the streets this weekend, and then by continuing to build political power through our vote.”