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Friday, July 24, 2015

Latina Advocates Condemn Passage of Bill to Undermine Sanctuary Cities

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

"Donald Trump Act" (H.R. 3009) threatens women, families

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) condemns the passage of the so-called "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" (H.R. 3009, or the “Donald Trump Act” as it has become known) by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), would deny critical federal funding to states and localities that have established policies limiting collaboration with federal immigration enforcement authorities, commonly known as sanctuary cities. Representative Hunter’s punitive and misguided bill fails to accurately reflect the complexities and nuances of immigration enforcement at the local level. Furthermore, this bill blatantly ignores the will of voters and state and local legislators to enact policies that prioritize the safety of all community members.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH, issued the following statement:

“At a time when people across the country are calling on Congress to pass meaningful, humane immigration reform, this bill is out of step and out of line. For many immigrant women and families, living in cities that limit collaboration with ICE means being able to work, care for your children, and participate in your community without living in constant fear that you’ll be ripped from your family by detention or deportation.

“For immigrant women who have survived or witnessed violence or other crimes, ‘sanctuary’ means being able to seek protection and speak out against abuse and criminal activity. Holding federal funding hostage for sanctuary cities or ending policies that create a safe haven for immigrant families punishes those who have migrated for survival’s sake and institutes a state of fear which threatens the public safety of all residents. We urge all our elected officials to withhold support from any proposal that would undermine efforts by states and localities to promote public safety and comply with the constitution by limiting collaboration with federal immigration authorities.

“Our nation deserves immigration policies that reflect our values, foster trust, and enable immigrant women and families to contribute to our communities and our economy. It’s shameful that the House passed this bill instead of returning to the work people have time and again asked them to do. It’s time to quit playing games with our families’ lives and pass real immigration reform.”

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.