SEARAC Condemns Trump Administration Attempts to Justify Border Wall Funding

Washington, DC–As we head into the third week of a government shutdown, the president addressed the nation last night in an attempt to justify his proposal to create a wall along the US-Mexico border. In his politically motivated speech, the president mentioned a laundry list of misleading facts and outright lies to once again demonize immigrant communities and their families.

“We condemn the president’s attempt to negotiate the livelihood of thousands of federal workers in exchange for a border wall that neither protects our communities nor keeps our families safe,” said Quyen Dinh, executive director of SEARAC. “This wasteful, ill-conceived, and unnecessary border wall proposal is based on a manufactured crisis that the Trump Administration created through its cruel policies toward children and families seeking asylum. We will not tolerate this Administration’s ongoing effort to divide our nation with hate and ignorance, using false statements about immigrants and asylum seekers. SEARAC remains committed to working with our political leaders to advance real solutions that respect the civil rights and human dignity of all persons, keep families together, honor the humanitarian legacy of our nation, and fix our broken immigration system.”

Elaine Sanchez Wilson
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