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Scapegoating Immigrants Is Not A Solution To COVID19 Pandemic

04.21.2020

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, KristianR@mifamiliavota.org

 

Scapegoating Immigrants Is Not A Solution To COVID19 Pandemic

Trump Must Stop Promoting Hate And Violence.

 

Washington DC: Late on Monday night, President Trump tweeted that he will temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States in an effort to distract voters from his failure of a CoronaVirus response.

Mi Familia Vota CEO and Executive Director released the following statement in response:

“For years Donald Trump has used racism and xenophobia to distract Americans from his failures to strengthen our economy, provide basic protections for workers, and provide a health care system that works for us all. Now Trump is using the familiar tactic of divide and distracts by scapegoating immigrants because he has failed to protect Americans from COVID-19.

There is a direct connection between the President’s failed Coronavirus response and the economic and health care challenges facing the Latino community.  Nearly two-thirds of all Latinos have lost their jobs or are suffering from anxiety about the economy during this pandemic. Latinos are a sizable number of Coronavirus patients.

We know our country cannot survive this pandemic without immigrants. They are our first responders, our agriculture workers, service workers, our nurses, and doctors. Our country is facing a pandemic, we need solutions to real problems, not more distractions that only promote hate and violence. Moments like these will galvanize Latinos to vote in November; at a time when we needed help, the President chose to attack, divide and distract. We are organizing and mobilizing to stop the threat that Trump represents for our community and our democracy.”

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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.