FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2021
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149
NILC Denounces Anti-Democratic Assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump-incited Mob
WASHINGTON — Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement after a riotous mob of Trump supporters violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021:
“The violent mobs attempting to disrupt the democratic process on Wednesday were the direct result of years of divisive rhetoric by Donald Trump and his enablers, rooted in white supremacy and division by race, class, and immigration status. The events that unfolded and the response by law enforcement also openly exposed the inequities in how peaceful protestors of color are treated.
“This was an assault on the will of the American people, who have spoken and overwhelmingly voted for Joe Biden. The election is over. Our nation’s leaders must be united in condemning this violence on our nation’s Capitol and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
“In just under two weeks, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the next president and vice president of the United States. Democracy has prevailed, but it is frail, and it requires all of us to work together to strengthen it.
“We should learn from the multiracial organizing in Georgia that resulted in the election of two senators who have committed to represent all Georgians. We are witnessing history and look forward to helping rebuild the country so everyone, including immigrants, has the freedom to thrive.”