Washington, DC – Today, Donald Trump is expected to sign two massive executive directives to begin the mass deportation of immigrants and reversing Lady Liberty’s promise. Just days after appointing a leader of the designated hate group FAIR as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, Trump is expected to announce directives to give CBP as well as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) more money and more authority to terrorize immigrants and their families.
Today’s directives are also expected to include proposals to shut the country off to refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking a better life and in dire need of refuge. He intends to wall off the country from the two groups he slandered most throughout the campaign: immigrants from Latin America and Muslims. The policies are built upon the Administration’s backwards view of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers as criminals.
Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream and DACA beneficiary delivered the following remarks on a press conference call today:
“Today’s Trump directives mark the start of his mass-deportation crusade and make clear that he will try to rule through race-based terror and criminalization.
We call upon mayors, governors, superintendents and faith community leaders to reaffirm their commitment to sanctuary and create new sanctuaries of safety for immigrants, Muslims, black people and members of the LGBTQ community. And we are asking Members of Congress – both Republicans or Democrats – to take action at the Capitol to oppose this agenda of mass deportation.
Today, Trump announced that he will increase the size of the deportation force which took my father and broke my family apart, he said that he’s going to build a wall to keep families like mine out. He would create a militarized zone along our border where our communities are under constant watch and religious screenings to keep Muslims out.
In today’s announcement, Trump says that he will try to undo local community efforts to protect their residents and his intent is to leave immigrants, black people, Muslims and LGBTQ people living in fear.
But our communities are resilient and are organized to fight back. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. Women, immigrants, black people, LGBTQ people and working people are united in fighting back and building community together. Since the election of Donald Trump, we have marched together, organized and we are just getting started.
We fought for, and won, policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has proven to be a sanctuary from deportation and a gateway to a stable livelihood for three quarters of a million young people and their families. We fought for, won, and will continue to build sanctuary of safety in local communities so that immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ people can live freely without fear of deportation.
We will fight to defend these policies and find more ways for our communities to thrive because we are #HereToStay and organizing to win in spite of Trump’s agenda of fear and intimidation.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org