LULAC Underscores White House Incompetence As Trump Plans To Suspend All Immigration, Despite That Nearly All Immigration Has Already Been Restricted Due To COVID-19
Nation’s Oldest & Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Confronts Trump Administration’s Plan to Suspend Immigration to the U.S. Amid COVID-19 pandemic
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) responded to President Trump’s tweet late Monday evening, declaring an end to immigration into the United States via Twitter. The announcement is not expected to alter current immigration policy since the COVID-19 crisis has brought almost all immigration programs such as visa processing, citizenship ceremonies, and the refugee program, to a halt. President Trump’s comment on Twitter is a political stunt to appeal to the president’s nativist base during a global health and economic crisis.
“President Trump is using his Twitter account as his platform to perform a political clown show, and immigrants as a scapegoats to cover his failures in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic,” said Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. “Ironically, the immigration tweet came on the same day as the markets tanked and the oil market suffered a historic crash. It is unfortunate that Trump doesn’t see the economic and cultural value that immigrants bring to this country, including his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, her parents, and his own immigrant family through his mother and grandfather.”
“We know President Trump is well aware of the vital role immigrants play in American life, because he is expected to give an exception to the migrants who make up a tenth of farmworkers and health care workers in the U.S.,” added Sindy Benavides, LULAC CEO. “These essential workers toil every day in the fields and slaughterhouses in abhorrent conditions, risking COVID-19 infection, so that Americans can eat. They are also the front liners helping fill the missing gaps in the healthcare industry, working around the clock to end the Coronavirus outbreak in this country,” added Sindy Benavides, LULAC CEO
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/