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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

National Latino Group Urges Hillary Clinton to Distance Herself from Donald Trump's Attack on Local Government Immigration Policies

July 8, 2015

With Hillary Clinton Appearing to Attack Immigrant Friendly Cities, National Latino Group Urges her to Distance Herself from Donald Trump

Presente Action issued the following statement in response to Hillary Clinton’s apparent attacks toward immigrant friendly cities on CNN:

“We, too, are saddened by the unspeakable tragic death of Kathryn Steinle. There are 11 million undocumented people in America today, and alleged gunman Francisco Lopez-Sanchez does not represent our diverse communities any more than Dylan Roof represents white communities. This unfortunate moment should not be used to roll back protections for the millions of families and workers currently protected by immigrant friendly cities led by states that have resisted the Arizonification of the country. Hillary Clinton’s implication that local city immigration policies are in any way to blame for this tragedy fall into a trap set by anti-immigrant demagogues like Donald Trump. We urge Hillary Clinton to not follow in Trump’s footsteps.

We must let justice follow its course and not allow this tragedy to be used to advance Donald Trump and the GOP's anti-immigrant agenda. Unfortunately, statements by Ms. Clinton and other Democrats like Diane Feinstein are unclear and put at risk protections that have been put in place for millions of undocumented immigrant families. Five years ago, the politics of fear and hate emanating from Arizona put millions of Latinos under a cloud of suspicion resulting unprecedented civil rights violations. Places like California have turned the tide on those divisive politics, and we cannot allow Donald Trump’s racist demagoguery to turn back the clock.

If Mrs. Clinton misspoke, she should clarify her comments, because her statements are being used as fresh fuel for the anti-immigrant flames that Donald Trump has stoked. It's critical that Ms. Clinton clarify her position clear before it's too late. And we should be clear: to blame San Francisco’s ordinance before all of the facts have come to light is an unwise rush to judgment.

We call on Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to publicly support immigrant friendly cities that are now being threatened by right wing, anti-immigrant legislation in Congress."