White House Immigration Plan is an Extreme Anti-immigrant Wish-List

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

White House Immigration Plan is an Extreme Anti-immigrant Wish-List

Friday, January 26, 2018
Sara McElmurry: 312-351-3890 or smcelmurry@alianzaamericas.org

White House Immigration Plan is an Extreme Anti-immigrant Wish-List

CHICAGO—January 26, 2018 The White House has issued an immigration framework that includes extreme cuts to family-based immigration, $25 billion of wasteful expenditures dubbed “border security”, and an elimination of the ‘diversity’ lottery visa program in exchange for a pathway to legal permanent residency for 1.8 million “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. In response, Alianza Americas’ Executive Director, Oscar Chacón, shared the following statement:

“While the President has called on Congress to negotiate an immigration deal for Dreamers—just two weeks ago, he requested a ‘bill of love’—the provisions put forth in yesterday’s outline are not fodder for serious bipartisan compromise. Instead, they represent an attack on the United States’ long-held family values, a blatant disregard for responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, and further evidence of this administration’s xenophobic views towards the predominantly Latino foreign-born population and the future of US immigration policy.

While full details of the plan are not yet available, no proposal supported so enthusiastically by this administration can be good for immigrant communities or a 21st-century economy. This proposal appears to be a wish-list for extremist anti-immigrant forces, wrapped with a bow of limited protections for a fraction of our undocumented community.  

 

The White House has set the immigration system ablaze. Yet the conditions for this current inferno have existed for decades, the result of Congress’ inability to address long-standing failures of an antiquated immigration architecture built in 1965. Even with 87 percent of Americans supporting a legislative solution for “Dreamers,” Congress has not delivered legislation. It has, in fact, failed to pass the Dream Act since it was first introduced in 2001.

It is time for Congress to roll up its sleeves. With Trump torpedoing any chance for bipartisan compromise on broader bills, a straightforward solution is needed to get the job done. Alianza Americas, representing 100,000 families across the United States, calls for a pathway to permanent residency for long-term residents. Dreamers and TPS holders are the place to start.”   

Alianza Americas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the only US-based organization rooted in Latino and Caribbean immigrant communities that works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaamericas.org.

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