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MFV Reacts to President Trump’s Speech Today: Calls for President Trump to Re-Open the Government 

01.20.2019

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

 

MFV Reacts to President Trump’s Speech: Calls for President Trump to Re-Open the Government

“Immigrants are not the problem, and the wall is not a solution.”

“In today’s speech, immigrants played the role of “Trojan horse” for President Trump – as he reiterated his demand for an extension of the wall on the US-Mexico border as part of his price tag to reopen government. President Trump’s offer to reinstate some DACA and TPS recipient benefits including temporary protection from deportation as bargaining chips for a questionable wall, is not a compromise solution. It’s a false bargain. It is based on a border crisis that doesn’t exist and ignores a humanitarian crisis that does. It’s a false positive created by the President and his team to distract Americans from the disarray of his government, the economic roller-coaster ride we’re now on and the challenges created by the government shutdown.

“Instead of a strategy to re-open the government or provide solutions for immigrants and asylum seekers, today’s address was a cherry-picked hodgepodge of old, discarded initiatives, revived and dressed to look like something they’re not, in an effort to get approval for his $5.7 billion request for a wall that almost 60 percent of Americans oppose. We call on President Trump to stop the Trumpadas – the attacks against immigrants – and to put to rest the false narratives wrongly targeting immigrants as the cause of our national ills.

“For the good of our nation – workers, families and communities – President Trump should re- open the government and stop obstructing Congress’ offers to do so. Congressional leaders need to get back to work without distractions – there is much to be done. Asylum seekers and refugees must have their cases heard, thousands divided by the Trump administration family separation policies must be found and re-united, and undocumented immigrants in our country still need a pathway to citizenship.

“Mi Familia Vota will continue to build support for increased civic participation for the Latinx community as we continue our work with a vision for 2020. It will take all of us to create a more just society – one that welcomes our immigrant communities.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.