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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Statement on President Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email:

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Donald Trump announced executive orders that direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue construction of a wall on the Southern border of the United States along the Mexico border. The order also strips funding from sanctuary cities, ends ‘catch-and-release,’ and will create more detention centers filled with more women, families and LGBTQ people seeking to escape violence in their homelands.  President Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant actions do nothing more than trample on the fundamental human rights of these communities.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) said, “The policies announced today are extremist, ineffective, expensive and are rooted in racist and xenophobic rhetoric. Not only are these orders in complete dissonance with our country's core values, but they are inadequate to address the realities of a broken immigration system. With today's announcement, this administration has made its intent clear: to terrorize, target, and demonize immigrant families across communities. As the current President seeks to carry out his hateful agenda, we will continue to speak out and uphold the most basic promise: that the health and dignity of women and families is non-negotiable.”

Diana Lugo-Martinez, senior director of community engagement programs for NLIRH said, “We are deeply concerned that these policies will impose disproportionate burdens on women, mothers, children, workers, students and LGBTQ folks -- our communities who live at the intersections, and will have a chilling impact on the health and social well-being of families of all immigration statuses. There is no physical barrier or policy that can withstand the love and resilience of refugee and immigrant families. As these policies seek to deny justice under the law, NLIRH will not remain silent and will continue to mobilize and organize communities against racist and xenophobic attacks. The anti-immigrant sentiment in this country is not new, and the attacks will only become more pervasive. We urge state and local leaders to resist bigotry and nativism, and exercise their constitutional authority to regulate for the safety and well-being of all its residents, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religion or immigration status.”

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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 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.