Fasten your seatbelts everyone, we need you now more than ever after yesterday’s announcements of the Executive Orders on immigration policy. After digesting everything that happened yesterday, today is the day to ACT!
Yesterday afternoon, one of the things that President Trump announced is that the U.S. government will force local police officers to serve as immigration enforcement officers. Such proposals would reverse years of intentional, community-based policing efforts that are vital to public safety in neighborhoods across the country. This decision jeopardizes the trust between immigrant communities and local police and does not make cities across the United States any safer.
President Trump also announced that the U.S. government would begin building a wall across the U.S. southern border, detain families and children who cross the border, and turn away vulnerable asylum seekers, returning them to the violence and persecution they fled. Walling off America is an affront to our nation’s values of family unity, compassion, and welcome.
This decision would punish cities that allow police to focus on community priorities rather than target people based on their immigration status. When all individuals can report dangerous situations and seek protection from violence without the fear of being deported and separated from their families, safety increases for everyone. This decision would also cost taxpayers billions of dollars and fail to live up to our moral and legal obligations to protect those in need.
Together, we must stand with cities that utilize community-policing efforts to create safer communities and provide our undocumented brothers and sisters the ability to live without fear of local law enforcement. Now is the time to come together to reject a border wall, policies that fail to protect vulnerable populations, and discrimination.
We expect that President Trump will announce today a decision to grind the U.S. refugee resettlement program to a halt and discriminate against our Muslim brothers and sisters. You can take action today by signing this petition and tweeting @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS:
Thanks everyone for all of your continued support and help with this issue.