LULAC Condemns ICE raids in Mississippi as State Terrorism
Washington, DC – Yesterday, federal immigration officials raided several food-processing plants in Morton, Mississippi and arrested approximately 680 people working in the United States. The coordinated raids come days after a white supremacist killed 22 people in El Paso and injured many more, and follow the Trump Administration’s trend of attacking the Latino community for partisan political purpose. Domingo Garcia, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National President, issued the following statement in response to the raids.
“The raids in Mississippi are immoral and part of a war the Trump Administration has started against immigrant families. Once again, this Administration has separated families and left innocent children without their parents, simply for political purposes motivated by racism and prejudice. President Trump is targeting immigrant families so that he can play the race card and score cheap political points in the 2020 elections. LULAC condemns this action as state sponsored terrorism and is organizing a rescue team to support the families affected by the raids in Mississippi.”
LULAC is planning to hold a press conference tomorrow, August 9th demanding that state leaders act immediately to enforce more strict gun regulations and work to end the hateful, racist rhetoric that is motivating acts of violence against communities of color.
On Saturday, August 10th at 8:30am MT, LULAC will hold a march and rally called “March for a United America” in response to the mass shootings in El Paso. The march in El Paso will begin at Armijo Park (710 E 7th Ave.) and end at the El Paso County Courthouse (500 E. San Antonio Ave.) For additional information on the rally please visit: www.lulac.org/events/march_for_a_united_america.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/