The administration’s immigration guidelines released this week have put Latinos in the crosshairs. While the memos put out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this week do not contain the roundly criticized policy to use the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants, they remain an unnecessary and a wasteful solution to a nonexistent problem. NCLR wholeheartedly condemns these guidelines.
“Despite repeated reassurances that the Trump administration would prioritize going after gang members and other violent criminals, this DHS action does no such thing,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía in a statement. “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.”
Over the weekend, Murguía authored a blog on the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices in which she condemned the possibility of utilizing the National Guard to round up undocumented immigrants, and laid out the case for why this suggested policy is part of the president’s attack on the Latino community.
There may be denials about this memo becoming policy, but there is no denying that the memo exists and its intention is clear and purposeful: to show that the Trump administration has put a bullseye on 55 million Latinos.
“We will do everything in our power to protect and defend our community in the face of this unconscionable assault on our civil rights,” said Murguía.