February 6, 2019 IN: Press Room
In State of the Union, Trump Calls for Unity as His Actions Separate Families, Deepen Divisions
Trump continues to promote the harmful narrative of
‘good’ versus ‘bad’ immigrants
Washington, DC–During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Trump said the promise of America’s future depends on our collective ability to cooperate, compromise, and stand united together in love for our country. What he failed to acknowledge was his Administration’s willingness to have American families serve as casualties in the name of a skewed ‘common good’ that appeals only to the worst elements of human nature.
The president’s message of unity and bipartisan compromise are undercut by his Administration’s actions, his continual efforts to deny due process rights to immigrants, and the lack of real solutions for fixing our broken immigration system. From escalating separations of Southeast Asian Americans families, to demonizing asylum-seekers at the Southern border, to terrorizing immigrant children and tearing them away from their parents, to vilifying and scapegoating undocumented workers, to holding hundreds of thousands of workers hostage to fund a racist wall — the president has shown time and time again that his vision for America is not of love but of fear and hate, not of unity but of deep division.
We vehemently denounce President Trump’s ongoing fear-mongering and anti-immigrant propaganda.
Nevertheless, there were some moments to celebrate last night:
We saw the passion and pride of the largest female cohort to serve in Congress; the sea of white clothing they wore stood out as beacons of hope.
Elaine Sanchez Wilson