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Administration’s “Sanctuary” Announcement Nothing More Than a Diversion Tactic

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March 27, 2017

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Adela de la Torre, 213-400-7822, [email protected]

Administration’s “Sanctuary” Announcement Nothing More Than a Diversion Tactic

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration today again threatened to deny federal funding for any city or jurisdiction where law enforcement has made clear it will not deputize its officers as immigration agents. The administration is threatening to withhold more than four billion dollars of federal funding that is crucial for cities’ public services, including programs for victims.

Kamal Essaheb, director of policy and advocacy with the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration is licking its wounds after suffering a humiliating legislative defeat with the health care bill. In typical fashion, they are trying to manipulate the news cycle to distract and divert attention elsewhere.

“The legality of the community trust policies cities have instituted is clear; they are in compliance with federal law. In fact, several cities have already marched into court to defend their policies, and mayors across the country continue to speak out in support of these measures. The Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent the law is yet another example of this president’s commitment to overreach and abuse of power.

“Today’s threats put America’s immigrants in the administration’s crosshairs once again. The question now is how long will Congress allow and enable this president to scapegoat and criminalize our communities, undermining the very fabric of our democracy?”

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Court Rules That Louisiana May Not Deny Immigrants the Right to Marry

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March 22, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, NILC, [email protected], 213-375-3149
Stephen Boykewich, NOWCRJ, [email protected], 323-673-1307


Love Wins in Louisiana

Court rules that Louisiana may not deny immigrants the right to marry

NEW ORLEANS — A federal district court ruled today that the state law preventing a Louisiana man from marrying is likely unconstitutional and issued an order to prevent the law from harming Louisianans.

The court read extensive prepared findings from the bench and announced that a written order would follow. This ruling comes a half century after Loving v. Virginia, which upheld the rights of people to marry regardless of ethnicity or race.

Viet “Victor” Anh Vo filed the lawsuit, Vo v. Gee, et al., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in October 2016 after he and his fiancée were prevented from obtaining a marriage license in multiple Louisiana parishes. They were blocked by an unconstitutional state law that requires any foreign-born person to present a certified birth certificate to obtain a marriage license. U.S.-born applicants can obtain a waiver of that requirement, but foreign-born persons cannot.

Vo, 32, is a U.S. citizen and has been a resident of Louisiana since he was three months old. He was never issued an official birth certificate because he was born in a refugee camp in Indonesia after his parents fled Vietnam. His fiancée is also a U.S. citizen and lifelong Louisiana resident.

“It was a huge shock to find out that I couldn’t legally marry my partner of more than 10 years, in my hometown in Louisiana,” Vo said. “I am grateful that the court will allow us to finally go through with our plans so our marriage will be recognized like everyone else’s in Louisiana.”

Vo is represented pro bono by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ), and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP.

“Denying the fundamental right to get married to certain people because of where they were born or because of their immigration status isn’t just morally wrong, it’s against the law,” said NILC staff attorney Alvaro Huerta, who presented arguments in court today. “The court acted swiftly to provide immediate relief for our client and for anyone in Louisiana who has been or will be unjustly denied a marriage license by this unconstitutional law. The state of Louisiana has no business standing in the way of love.”

NOCWRJ Managing Director Audrey Stewart said, “Louisiana is stronger because of the immigrants who live, love, work, and worship here. At its best, our state is a place of welcome and diversity. The court’s ruling today reflected that by upholding the right of every Louisianan to marry the person they love.”

Skadden attorney Marley Ann Brumme added, “We appreciate the opportunity to present our arguments to the court today and are thrilled that the court upheld Mr. Vo’s constitutional rights.”

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed Act 436, also known as HB 836, in July 2015. Before it passed, lawmakers warned that it would unnecessarily burden foreign-born residents such as Vo and that it was “a mistake” to try to use marriage to regulate immigration. Louisiana lawmakers passed it anyway, and the law went into effect in January 2016.

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NILC Announces New Deputy Director Tom Kam

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March 21, 2017

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Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC Announces New Deputy Director Tom Kam

WASHINGTON — The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is excited to welcome Tom Kam, who has dedicated the bulk of his career to serving immigrant and refugee communities, as its new Deputy Director, Development and Operations.

In this new role, Kam will oversee internal operations and special projects, as well as help lead the organization’s strategic fundraising efforts. He will also serve as a key member of NILC’s Senior Leadership Team.

“The current discussion on immigration will determine how our country welcomes and treats immigrants and refugees for generations to come,” Kam said. “At this critical moment in which our communities are under attack, the work of the National Immigration Law Center and others to defend and advance the rights of all aspiring and new Americans is critical. I am thrilled to join in these efforts.”

Kam brings to NILC more than 30 years of experience in the provision of human services, public policy, strategic planning, organizational development, and fundraising. In faith-based, nonprofit and public settings, he has led in the delivery of health and human services to immigrant and refugee communities from Central America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. From 1997 to 2006, he assumed a leadership role in directing the Washington Area Partnership for Immigrants, a funder’s collaborative that served and advocated on behalf of immigrant communities across the Washington, DC, metropolitan region.

“Tom’s dedication to immigrant and refugee rights and his extensive experience helping to grow and elevate organizations will be a great asset to NILC as the scope and pace of our work intensifies,” said NILC Executive Director Marielena Hincapié. “I am very proud to welcome Tom to NILC’s leadership. We are all excited and grateful to have him on our team.”

Kam is proud to be the son of an immigrant family from Panama. He was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and raised on more military bases than he cares to remember. He holds masters’ degrees in Divinity and in Social Work. Tom lives with his partner, mother, and two boxer pups in Washington, DC.

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Suing Groups Respond to Trump Administration Appeal of Maryland Block on Muslim Ban

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March 17, 2017

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, NILC, [email protected], 213-375-3149
Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 212-284-7347, [email protected]
Henrike Dessaules, IRAP, 646-459-3081, [email protected]
Gabe Cahn, HIAS, 212-613-1312, [email protected]
Geoffrey Knox, MESA, 917-414-1749, [email protected]

Suing Groups Respond to Trump Administration Appeal of Maryland Court’s Block on Muslim Ban

LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration today appealed a ruling by a federal court in Maryland that blocked part of President Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries to the U.S.

The appeal comes after U.S. District Court Judge Theodore D. Chuang early Thursday enjoined a central provision of the order that bans travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen , finding that it likely violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. That decision came after another federal judge, in Hawaii, temporarily blocked the key provisions of the executive order before it went into effect on Wednesday.

The Maryland case, IRAP v. Trump, will now go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Maryland are representing the International Refugee Assistance Project of the Urban Justice Center, HIAS, and the Middle East Studies Association, along with several individuals, including U.S. citizens, affected by the ban.

Representatives from each group gave the following statements:

Karen Tumlin, Legal Director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

“The courts have repeatedly rejected the Trump administration’s discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban, holding that our country’s core value of religious freedom cannot be swept away by presidential edict. We are confident that they will continue to side with the Constitution and with our clients, who have bravely stood up for themselves, the people they serve, and all those impacted by the president’s unlawful and inhumane policy.”

Omar Jadwat, Director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project

“President Trump’s Muslim ban has fared miserably in the courts, and for good reason — it violates fundamental provisions of our Constitution. We look forward to defending this careful and well-reasoned decision in the appeals court.”

Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of
HIAS

“The American tradition of welcoming refugees has been preserved thanks to judicial intervention just hours before the latest refugee and Muslim ban was to go into effect. Two federal judges have now thwarted President Trump’s second attempt at an unconstitutional travel ban aimed at Muslims. As the world’s oldest refugee resettlement agency, HIAS is prepared to remain true to American and Jewish values by pursuing this legal challenge as long as necessary to protect the American tradition of welcoming the vulnerable and persecuted.”

Becca Heller, Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center

“President Trump’s revised executive order, much like the first one, has caused great harm to our clients: refugees who are in danger every day that they are not resettled to safety. They are literally in a life or death situation. We will continue fighting this discriminatory Muslim ban and protect the legal rights of refugees.”

Beth Baron, President of the Middle East Studies Association

“We will continue to fight attempts to implement an unlawful Muslim ban and look forward to seeing the judicious decision against it upheld.”

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NILC Responds to Trump Budget Proposal

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March 16, 2017

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC Responds to Trump Budget Proposal

NEW YORK — The Trump administration on Thursday released a budget proposal for next fiscal year that would dramatically retool government priorities, slashing funds for nearly all federal agencies in order to increase defense and security spending. In addition, the administration requested billions in additional funding for immigrant detention and deportation for this fiscal year.

The proposal would shortchange a wide swath of services and programs intended to improve and protect the lives of working-class Americans, including educational, cultural, environmental, and safety-net programs. All told, the Trump administration asks for more than $7.5 billion to help enact President Trump’s mass deportation agenda and to start construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jackie Vimo, economic justice policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“The Trump budget provides the latest window into this administration’s disturbing penchant for the politics of fear and hate, and puts the president’s disregard for working families on full display. Trump is attempting to rob all Americans of investment in our communities to enact his mass deportation agenda and perpetuate the terror he’s already imposing on immigrant communities. Rather than throw away billions of dollars to separate families and build a border wall that will do nothing for our national security, we should be looking for the best ways to ensure that everyone in our communities has access to resources that will help set them up for success.”

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Groups Challenge Revised Muslim Ban

More information on IRAP v. Trump can be found at www.nilc.org/irap-v-trump/.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2017

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, NILC, 213-375-3149, [email protected]
Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 212-284-7347, [email protected]
Henrike Dessaules, IRAP, 646-459-3081, [email protected]
Gabe Cahn, HIAS, 212-613-1312, [email protected]
Geoffrey Knox, MESA, 917-414-1749, [email protected]

Groups Challenge Revised Muslim Ban

BALTIMORE — Civil rights and refugee groups today asked a federal court in Maryland to block the Trump administration’s revised executive order, arguing that it would cause irreparable harm for their plaintiffs. The order, which still maintains the suspension of refugee resettlement along with banning entry of nationals from six Muslim-majority countries, was issued on March 6.

The groups that brought the case include the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, HIAS, and the Middle East Studies Association, along with individuals, including U.S. citizens, affected by the ban.

Representatives from each group gave the following statements:

Becca Heller, Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center

“The exemption of Iraq from the (Muslim and refugee) ban is nothing but a weak attempt at righting one of the many egregious wrongs of the original order. The majority of Iraqis who have worked with the U.S. in Iraq arrive via the refugee resettlement program, which the new order attacks just as viciously. By suspending the program for 120 days and slashing the resettlement slots by 60,000, more than 50,000 Iraqis will still be affected, many of whom have worked for the U.S. or have family in the U.S.”

Karen Tumlin, Legal Director of the National Immigration Law Center

“A repackaged Muslim and refugee ban is still a Muslim and refugee ban. This version may be tweaked to work its way around the courts, but the intent remains the same. Trump has a clear and well-documented record of animus and discrimination directed at immigrants, refugees and Muslims, either from his tweets, stump speeches, or statements made to the media. There’s just no way to work around that fact. The courts have overwhelmingly rebuked the administration’s attempt to legalize bigotry and religious discrimination, and we are confident they will do so again.”

Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of HIAS

“As with the first executive order, President Trump has once again ignored the Constitution in order to fulfill his campaign promise of a Muslim ban. We are asking the court to intervene in order to protect thousands of refugees’ lives. HIAS is a Jewish organization that has worked since 1881 to protect and resettle refugees based on the Torah’s command to welcome the stranger. We cannot be bystanders as our own government turns away and discriminates against tens of thousands of refugees who have played by our rules and already subjected themselves to ‘extreme vetting.’”

Omar Jadwat, Director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project

“Putting a new coat of paint on the Muslim ban doesn’t solve its fundamental problem, which is that the Constitution and our laws prohibit religious discrimination. The further President Trump goes down this path, the clearer it is that he is violating that basic rule.”

Beth Baron, President, Middle East Studies Association

“The Middle East Studies Association joined this case because the new executive order cuts at the very core of our mission as a scholarly association — to facilitate the free exchange of ideas. The order directly harms our student and faculty members by preventing travel, disrupting research, and impeding careers. The order hurts us as an association intellectually and financially. It is incumbent upon us to support the interests of our members and stand up for the peoples of the region we study and our colleagues.”

Today’s filing is available at www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IRAP-v-Trump-TRO-motion-2017-03-10.pdf.

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State-by-State Interactive Shows How Much Funding Cities Could Lose at the Hands of Trump Administration

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March 7, 2017

CONTACT
Adela de la Torre, National Immigration Law Center, [email protected]
Tanya Arditi, Center for American Progress, [email protected]

New State-by-State Interactive Shows How Much Federal Funding Sanctuary Cities Could Lose at the Hands of President Trump’s Administration

WASHINGTON — In an executive order issued on January 25, President Donald Trump directed the Office of Management and Budget to compile a list of federal funds given to sanctuary jurisdictions. Though it does not specifically list what sources of funding are at risk, the order also directed the U.S. attorney general and the secretary of homeland security to ensure that such jurisdictions be deemed ineligible for most federal grants and further commanded the attorney general to “take appropriate enforcement action” against them.

A new interactive released today by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), calculates the amount of funding in sanctuary jurisdictions in 32 states that could be targeted by President Trump’s January 25 executive order. Of the states identified in the analysis, those that stand to lose the most are California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and Massachusetts.

“Local and state law enforcement officials and departments understand that they know what’s best for the safety and security of their communities,” said Philip E. Wolgin, managing director for immigration policy at CAP. “No matter how much legislators or even the president try to scare the public into believing that sanctuary cities harbor criminals, the bottom line remains that counties with sanctuary policies experience less crime and stronger economies.”

All across the nation, more than 600 cities and counties, as well as a handful of states, have adopted policies that limit the extent of assistance they will provide federal immigration enforcement officers. A recent, first-of-its-kind systematic analysis by Tom K. Wong released by CAP and the NILC found that crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared with nonsanctuary counties and that economies are stronger in sanctuary counties.

“By seeking to revoke federal funding for sanctuary jurisdictions, the Trump administration is trying to force through executive action what has already been rejected by Congress,” said Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “Cities and counties should be allowed, encouraged in fact, to focus on policies that strengthen their communities and ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes feel safe speaking to police no matter their immigration status.”

The five key funding sources identified by the authors as having been targeted in the past are:

  • The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program
  • U.S. Economic Development Administration grants
  • The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program
  • The Community Development Block Grant program
  • The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

That being said, the authors point out that the Trump administration may not have the authority to take away this funding.

“The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from forcing or coercing states to assist in federal immigration enforcement, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the threat to withhold funding cannot be so significant that it effectively compels compliance,” said Melissa Keaney, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. “Immigrants are and always have been part of the fabric of America, but the Trump administration stubbornly continues to use false premises of criminality to justify actions that are ultimately detrimental to states and to our nation as a whole.”

For more information or to speak to an expert on this topic, please contact Tanya Arditi at [email protected], Belle Woods at [email protected], or Adela de la Torre at [email protected].

Click here to access the interactive.

Click here to read “The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy” by Tom K. Wong.

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

Civil and Immigrants’ Rights Groups Work to Win Release of Dreamer Daniela Vargas

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March 7, 2017

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, National Immigration Law Center, 213-375-3149, [email protected]
Kirsten Bokenkamp, Southern Poverty Law Center, 334-956-8420, [email protected]

Civil and Immigrants’ Rights Groups Work to Win Release for Dreamer Daniela Vargas and Prevent Deportation

Due Process, First Amendment Rights Violated

LOS ANGELES — Civil and immigrant rights groups have taken legal action to stop the deportation of Daniela Vargas, a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient who was detained by immigration agents immediately after she spoke at a March 1 press conference protesting recent U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Mississippi. Vargas spoke of her hope that she and other Dreamers could remain in and contribute to this country.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the law firm of Elmore & Peterson, and the Law Office of William Most filed a habeas petition on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Alexandria Division.

“Detaining Dany just minutes after she spoke publicly about immigrants’ rights appears to be nothing short of ICE retaliating against somebody who dared assert their First Amendment rights,” said Naomi Tsu, deputy legal director for the SPLC. “Dany, an aspiring math teacher and active community member, is not a threat to her community. Her detention only serves to chill free speech and stoke fear throughout immigrant communities.”

The groups contend that the government violated Vargas’s due process and First Amendment rights. The petition seeks Vargas’s immediate release and the chance to challenge the decision to deport her.

The DHS contends, but has presented no evidence, that Vargas waived her rights to contest deportation when she entered the country under the Visa Waiver Program at age 7. She is being detained in LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana.

“Across the country, people of conscience have Dany’s back, and will not stop fighting for her. The courts must take immediate action to release her,” said Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream.

Vargas, 22, grew up mostly in Mississippi, where she was brought from Argentina in 2001. She benefited from the DACA program from 2012 through 2016. Her work authorization expired last November while she saved for the $495 government filing fee. Her DACA renewal application, submitted in early February, is pending.

“President Trump has tried to use his shock-and-awe approach to scare immigrants back into the margins of society,” said Justin Cox, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. “Courageous Dreamers like Dany should give us all hope that Trump’s approach will not be successful. Dany spoke out to defend her family and those like her, and we will use every legal tool at our disposal to ensure that her rights are not violated.”

President Trump’s executive actions have created chaos and panic among immigrant communities. Daniela’s situation shows that even DACA recipients are at risk of being detained and deported to countries they don’t recognize as home.

“Daniela is an accomplished young woman who grew up in the United States and has devoted her time and efforts to her studies, her family, and her work,” said Abigail Peterson, Vargas’s immigration attorney. “ICE’s decision to pursue and apprehend Daniela following several news stories in which she spoke out about ICE enforcement evidences a clear abuse of discretion. We hope to soon secure the release of Daniela and remind everyone that ICE’s broadened enforcement authority will not curtail fundamental human rights.”

The petition for writ of habeas corpus is available at www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/D-Vargas-Habeas-Petition-2017-03-06.pdf.

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The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama with offices in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. For more information, see www.splcenter.org.

NILC Statement on New Muslim Ban Executive Order

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March 6, 2017

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC Statement on New Muslim Ban Executive Order

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump today signed a new executive order banning entry to the U.S. of individuals from six Muslim-majority countries and of all refugees. The order is meant to supplant a previous directive issued in January that remains blocked after several courts found it was unlikely to stand up to constitutional muster. That order barred entry from seven Muslim-majority countries and also halted resettlement in the U.S. of any new refugees.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“Throughout the presidential campaign and even after the signing of the previous executive order banning Muslims and refugees, President Trump and the people who helped him write that order made their discriminatory intentions clear. No amount of ‘tweaks’ will change that. Americans should be outraged by this blatant attempt to rebrand codified religious discrimination and xenophobia. This is nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0.

“Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban remains fundamentally flawed. Our message to the Trump administration, both then and now, is this: We will see you in court.”

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NILC Statement on the President’s First Address to Congress

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February 28, 2017

CONTACT
Adela de la Torre, [email protected], 213-400-7822

NILC Statement on the President’s First Address to Congress

WASHINGTON — In President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress this evening, he sketched out his policy agenda for the coming year. Included in his list of policy priorities was mention of a need to come to some sort of compromise on immigration. This policy proposal comes mere weeks after the Trump administration released several executive orders that created chaos at airports and spread fear among immigrant communities. Below is a statement from Kamal Essaheb, policy and advocacy director for the National Immigration Law Center:

“Actions speak louder than words. Trump has spent nearly two years bashing immigrants and Muslims, using this xenophobic, racist rhetoric to gain votes. His actions since taking office have followed the same path of criminalization, disenfranchisement, and deportation for people of color. If Trump is truly serious about coming to some sort of compromise on immigration, he should start by rescinding the executive orders that make it easier to criminalize and deport the very people he purports to defend.

“Our communities have been subject to unconstitutional bans, appalling treatment at the hands of immigration enforcement, and a surge in hate crimes. We will continue to use every legal and advocacy tool necessary to fight for our communities. Stray sentences in prepared remarks are of little comfort to the children of those already deported under the Trump administration.”

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