The Black Alliance for Just Immigration Denounces Trump Administration’s Immigration Principles and Policies in Exchange for Permanent Solution for DREAMers
New York, NY – On October 8, 2017 the White House released a list of immigration proposals requesting an approval from Congress. These principles and policies are in exchange for legislation that would provide permanent status to undocumented immigrants that arrived in the U.S. as youth, commonly known as DREAMers. The proposals include: funding and construction of a complete wall along the southern border; increased funding and resources for interior enforcement; removal of unaccompanied minors and their families; cuts to visa programs; and defunding of “sanctuary cities.”
The Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi responded saying:
“These proposals are a wish list for a white supremacist agenda. The attempt to use DREAMers as ransom to further militarize and criminalize our communities is sinister and shameful. These policies are rooted in a xenophobic and racist ideology that uses fear mongering as a strategy, painting immigrants of color as threats to national security. The extreme measures proposed by the White House not only threaten the future of immigrant communities but also the safety and well being of all U.S. citizens.”
“BAJI and all those who support the dignity and rights of immigrants encourage elected officials to pass a clean DREAM Act. We also need Congress to enact legislation that transforms the U.S. immigration system so that all migrant communities can live and thrive in the U.S.”
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is the nation’s largest Black-led organization championing racial justice and immigrant rights. BAJI represents and advocates on behalf of the 10 million first and second generation Black immigrants in the U.S. Find out more at www.baji.org.
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