Post-Inauguration Updates: NCLR responds to executive orders; Resources regarding the executive orders; NCLR continues to mount opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General.
NCLR Responds to Executive Orders: Last week, the president signed a number of executive orders that prove an unprecedented capacity to ignore the facts, flout the norms of public discourse, and declare open season on the nation’s immigrants and 55 million Americans of Hispanic descent. The executive orders include plans to move forward with building a wall on the Mexican border, ramp up deportations and go after cities refusing to transform their local law enforcement into immigration agents. The president also signed an extreme and inhumane executive order that would suspend immigration from a host of Muslim-majority countries and stop refugee from some countries. “We do not turn our backs on vulnerable people fleeing persecution and horrific violence. That is not who we are or who we ought to be. In short, these orders are as un-American as it gets,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Photo: Sen. Sessions official Senate website
Almost two weeks have passed since Election Day, and the president-elect is in the midst of the transition process, deciding who will be in his Cabinet and among his top advisors. Traditionally, presidents have wide latitude when it comes to choosing their cabinets, but Donald Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as the Attorney General is one selection that we cannot support.
“We believe that any president should have broad latitude in appointments within their administration,” said NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguia. “However, the combination of the pivotal role the attorney general has over so many issues of concern for our community and Sen. Jeff Sessions’ egregious track record on those issues makes it impossible for us to support this nomination.”
Week Ending November 18
Post-Election Updates: NCLR responds to election results; Resources to share with community members regarding immigration; NCLR responds to nomination of Senator Sessions for Attorney General.
NCLR responds to election outcome: Following the election results last week, NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía stated, “It is fair to say that the whole country, including the Latino community, was surprised by the outcome in this presidential election. We cherish the democratic process, acknowledge the results of this election, and are open to hearing from the president-elect about his plans. But Donald Trump’s harsh and divisive rhetoric, his extreme proposals, and the fact that his outreach to our community during his campaign was nonexistent, have fostered legitimate and significant concerns about the future, for our community and for our nation.” Read NCLR’s full statement here.
NCLR has joined more than 120 national organizations in calling on President-elect Trump to denounce hate acts and ideology that is driving them.