April 21, 2020

NEW: Trump Says He Will Suspend Immigration to the U.S.

Yesterday, Donald Trump tweeted that he would suspend immigration by executive order, using the COVID-19 pandemic to keep families apart. 

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

“This is a desperate attempt by the Trump administration to shift blame away from its incompetent response to the Coronavirus while tens of thousands of Americans are dying across the country. It’s a cynical attempt to hijack a national crisis by an administration that attacks children and families and has looked the other way as many have died in their custody. We will not be fooled, and we will not be distracted: We will come together and live up to the American values of caring for each other, regardless of where you are from or what you look like.

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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.