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Monday, October 19, 2015

Latina Advocates Reject Conservative Effort to Advance Draconian Bill So-Called “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act”

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

Anti-immigrant proposal criminalizes immigrant women and families, weakens communities

WASHINGTON — Latina advocates across the country reject another conservative effort to advance an anti-immigrant bill that wrongfully seeks to criminalize an entire community. The proposed measure, S. 2146, withholds critical federal funding to cities and localities that limit collaboration with immigration enforcement authorities, and would require excessive and costly mandatory minimum sentences under immigration law.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement:

“As the Senate prepares for a procedural vote to advance S. 2146 tomorrow, we are reminded that Senator Vitter — the main sponsor of this measure — has a history of attacking immigrant women and families, including consistent attempts to strip birthright citizenship from children of undocumented immigrants.

“There is a real human toll to a broken immigration system, especially for immigrant Latinas. S. 2146 does nothing to address this problem, and instead perpetuates an increased targeting of immigrants, further separation of families, and the denial of access to justice and fair treatment, based solely on an individual’s immigration status.

“Years of troubled enforcement policies have left a mark in our communities, and have forced states and localities nationwide to make decisions about how to best serve their constituents. Rescinding policies limiting collaboration with federal immigration authorities harms the hard-built trust between community members and local police, and will, in fact, make communities less safe.

“This is just one more of the many anti-immigrant efforts that have surfaced in the midst of real tragedies, and is a hurtful insult to families waiting for meaningful reform.

“As we fight for the equality, dignity, and human rights of immigrant women and their families, NLIRH will oppose any measure that fails to protect all members of our community, including those without documentation.”

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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.