USCIS Changes Mission Statement, Reflecting Extremist Ideology

02.22.2018

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

USCIS Changes Mission Statement, Reflecting Extremist Ideology

Changes eliminate assertion that U.S. is a nation of immigrants and omit reference to citizenship, among other lapses.

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a new mission statement, Mi Familia Vota executive director, Ben Monterroso responded with the following:

“President Trump and his administration are desperately reframing  how the nation views immigration, omitting – both literally and figuratively- that the United States is a ‘nation of immigrants.’ It is clear that the right-wing agenda wants to deny our nation’s history, our current day narrative of who we are as a people, and the values that we, as Americans, hold dear. This new mission statement presented by USCIS dishonors our national heritage and further degrades us all by falling back on fear mongering tactics.

“The Trump administration is not only expunging the phrase ‘nation of immigrants,’ they are adding recycled language from the Department of Homeland Security that implants ideas of fear for our safety. This is the home of the brave.  The juxtaposition further denies the role of immigrants throughout U.S. history who fought in wars in defense of our nation. Even if this Administration wants to fabricate an alternative history at the expense of current and potential immigrants, we as people can remain strong in being a welcoming force that counters the damage that extremists want to inflict on our character. We can guard our principles, continue to be inclusive towards others, and join together to put a stop to this in the November elections.

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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.