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February 22, 2018

Summary

On Thursday, February 22, the Washington Post reported that a very frustrated Trump threatened to pull Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials from the state of California as punishment for the “lousy job” the state has been doing to crackdown on illegal immigration per administration standards.

Last December, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed the California Values Act into law. This law prohibits local officials from inquiring about the status of one’s immigration, but does not infringe upon the ability of ICE officials to do their jobs. Trump finds this policy to be problematic, as he finds “sanctuary city” related policies to be problematic.

Analysis

While this isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last of Trump’s outlandish threats and claims related to immigration policy, it is nevertheless concerning that he continues to casually spew rhetoric that would endanger the lives of American citizens, immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The tone that he has set for political incorrectness has trickled down to every level of government, in communities, in schools, and even in some workplaces. As we continue to advocate for fair and equal treatment of our immigrant communities, we must remain vigilant and respond appropriately to the claims Trump makes.

Engagement Resources

  • Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaigns, maps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.
  • Support the New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign is a national, nonpartisan network of immigrant organizations, legal service providers, faith-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. A project by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, the campaign is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance. Click here to support the campaign.
  • Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay up to date on all things related to immigration policy.

This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact allie@usresistnews.org.


 

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