Actions, Immigration

Donald Trump launched his campaign for president with the same anti-immigrant rhetoric that is now fueling his nativist policies. Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed that immigration causes crime, called immigrants “animals” and “an infestation,” and referred to those seeking asylum as invaders. This fear-mongering rhetoric is an attempt to dehumanize immigrants in order to desensitize Americans to Trump’s policies. Since taking office, the Trump administration has:

  • Ripped children from their parents’ arms and forced them into inhumane detention centers;
  • Tear-gassed families with young children at the southern border while trying to legally claim asylum;
  • Shackled pregnant women during and after childbirth;
  • Abruptly ended DACA and TPS protections for more than one million young people and longtime U.S. residents, throwing families and communities into uncertainty and turmoil; and,
  • Been negligent in the deaths of at least 7 children in the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after more than a decade in which no child had died.

These anti-immigrant policies are a threat to the social fabric of our nation. As the largest, most diverse, and most progressive generation in American history, we must send a clear and unequivocal message that we oppose the Trump administration’s immoral immigration policies. We demand a basic standard of humanitarian care to all individuals in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, an immigration system that respects the human rights of all people, and we stand united in a call for comprehensive immigration reform.

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