For Immediate Release
January 25, 2019
Contact: Karina Martinez 858-752-1262
Mi Familia Vota Calls on Congress to Defend National Interests and Immigrants’ Rights
Washington, D.C. —On Friday, President Trump announced his plan to temporarily reopen the government for three weeks while Congress and the White House negotiate funding for border enforcement and immigration programs. The plan does not include, for now, Trump’s long-standing demand for $5.7 billion border wall before ending the government shutdown, but he said he expects Congress to add border enforcement provisions during negotiations.
Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:
“We are relieved that federal workers and contract workers will be getting their back pay; their lives should have never been put at such grave risk by our President. We must do everything to protect workers from being exploited again.
“Congress has important priorities; the American people need Congress to start legislating without the threats and diversions that President Trump has presented. It’s time for Congress to have the courage to stand up to the President and come together to legislate in a way that benefits the people of our country, including immigrants.
“Let’s be clear, immigrants are not a threat to our country, they are the bedrock of our nation. Our national values include being welcoming to immigrants and being supportive of asylum seekers. We can’t allow one president to change who we are at our core.
“We strongly condemn President Trump’s continuing threat to declare a national emergency if he does not get funding for his wall. It’s time for President Trump to end his fixation with a wall and end the humanitarian disasters regarding immigrants that he created at the border and in the interior. He also must turn attention to additional needs of our community: access to affordable healthcare, strengthening our children’s education, safeguarding our democracy by securing voting rights, and more. MFV will be encouraging our community to ensure that Congress has a clear view of the work they need to undertake.”
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.