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Thursday, November 19, 2015

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Condemns the Passage of Anti-Refugee, Xenophobic Bill

Press Release
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Despite the threat of a Presidential veto and the clear opposition by advocates and major civil rights groups around the country, today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a hateful and xenophobic bill to bar Syrian and Iraqi refugee families from resettling in the United States. H.R. 4038, the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015,” which would add untenable and harmful barriers to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, passed the House on a 289-137 vote.​

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

“History will remember today as a day in which the United States decided to turn its back on women, children and families within our global community.​

“It is extremely shameful that our congressional leadership gave into fear and voted for such an unjust and unwise proposal that denies the dignity and human rights of refugees around the world.​

“As we struggle to comprehend the lack of principled leadership currently facing our country, NLIRH will continue to uplift the voices of all women and families seeking to improve their lives.”


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.