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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latino Group Slams Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Durbin for Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Presente.org launches petition against Democratic senators aiming to dismantle “sanctuary cities”

July 29, 2015

Presente.org launches petition against Democratic senators aiming to dismantle “sanctuary cities”

View the petition here: http://act.presente.org/sign/sanctuary

Los Angeles, CA — Senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and Dick Durbin are under fire from Latinos this week after they indicated possible support for legislation reinforcing the relationship between local law enforcement and immigration authorities. The legislation is intended to undermine cities like San Francisco, who have refused to participate in federal immigration enforcement under the so-called “sanctuary cities” moniker.

In response, Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org, released the following statement:

“We are outraged that Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Durbin are joining forces with Republicans to attack hard working immigrants and their families. We will not stand idly by while senior members of the Democratic Party consider taking dangerous steps that will throw millions of Latinos under the bus.

We stand with Kathryn Steinle’s family in mourning her tragic death, but Francisco Sanchez represents Latinos and immigrants no more than Dylan Roof represents all white people. Using one man to justify an attack on millions of Latinos and immigrants is wrong. To vilify millions of Latinos because of one man’s actions is wrong. Which is why it’s almost unfathomable to think that Democratic senators, who depend on the Latino vote and have supported sanctuary cities in the past, could support these measures.

If the Senate votes to pass this legislation, forcing local authorities to enforce outdated, draconian immigration laws, the safety of immigrants and their families will be at risk. Republicans need Democratic support to pass this legislation, and some Democrats are dangerously close to giving it to them. We condemn these acts by key Democratic leaders as a major betrayal of Latino and immigrant families that only helps to feed into the xenophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria currently being elevated.”