Press Statement

New Immigration Enforcement Rules Will Terrorize Citizens and Noncitizens Alike

February 21, 2017

Camila Gallardo

WASHINGTON, DC— The immigration enforcement implementation guidelines released today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contain a litany of policy changes that put not only immigrants, but the entire Latino community in the crosshairs. Although the official policy change does not include the use of National Guard troops—an idea that last week was met with enormous, bipartisan backlash—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) condemns this unnecessary and wasteful solution to an inexistent problem.

“Despite repeated reassurances that the Trump administration would prioritize going after gang members and other violent criminals, this DHS action does no such thing. Instead, it opens the floodgates to terrorizing millions of people in this country—citizens and noncitizens alike—to combat a nonexistent immigrant crime wave. Or, to put in the words of this administration, based on ‘fake news,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “We will do everything in our power to protect and defend our community in the face of this unconscionable assault on our civil rights,” Murguía added.

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