June 22, 2020

BREAKING: Trump Uses COVID to Further Restrict Immigration

Today, the Trump administration confirmed Trump will be signing an executive order extending the restrictions enacted during the pandemic on various employment visas and prohibiting most guest workers from coming to the U.S. It was also reported that the Trump administration is planning to release new regulations denying work authorizations to asylum seekers with pending claims. 

Families Belong Together co-director Paola Luisi released the following statement in response:

“Let’s be clear: This Executive Order is about race, racism and the scapegoating of immigrants in order to throw red meat to Trump’s base. It’s yet another effort to change the focus away from the truth– that immigrants are essential contributors to our communities, our labor force, and the healthcare system. They are our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones. We should be focused on healing as a nation, and pitting us against each other to distract from the Trump administration’s colossal failings—whether it comes to the coronavirus, the economy, or even just basic human decency—endangers us all.” 

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The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, FWD.us and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.