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MFV to Trump: policies must protect migrant lives

12.20.2018

MFV to Trump: policies must protect migrant lives

Trump announces radical policy shifts that disregard migrant lives

Washington, D.C. –Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced a new Trump administration policy that would displace migrants seeking U.S. asylum in Mexico.

Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration, backed by Republican leadership, is hell-bent on closing all avenues of support for asylum seeking migrants coming from south of the U.S./ Mexico border, even if it costs them their lives. Trump and Republicans lost the midterms with anti-immigrant stances and their failure to bring positive solutions on immigration. We need to improve our immigration system by opening pathways to asylum and citizenship, not by putting lives at risk. It is outrageous that the President is seeking to push asylum seekers into Mexico as they await U.S. due process.

“This policy announcement comes on the heels of the murder of two teens from Honduras in Tijuana, a city that is also hosting a swelling refugee camp filled with South Americans seeking asylum in the United States, and the death of a 7-year-old girl in Border Patrol custody. It is clear that the administration is not interested in protecting lives or upholding American values; these policies are a reflection of extremist ideologies that permeate the current administration.

“It’s up to us to consider our values, convey our needs to Congress, and to be a voice for the vulnerable. Our community will be monitoring the actions or inactions of our representatives from now until the next elections. Latinos were of great impact in the midterms and elections are only becoming more important to us.”

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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.