BALTIMORE (October 9, 2017) – The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s oldest social justice
organization, released the following statement in response to the immigration
principles proposed by the Trump Administration yesterday.
“Despite his insistence on preserving the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals program, the immigration reforms proposed by President Trump
last night prove once again that we cannot trust his hollow assertions. From
demanding a border wall to illegally ending federal funding for Sanctuary
Cities to increasing deportations of undocumented young people, these
principles clearly show that the Trump Administration has no intention of
creating pathways to citizenship for immigrants in America. Instead, the
President’s sole focus is to further marginalize communities of color and
demonize immigrants, all just to appeal to his right-wing base,” said Derrick
Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP.
“In the face of this cruelty, the NAACP – as always – is
refusing to agonize, and instead, continues to organize. We have filed a
lawsuit against the Trump Administration in defense of DREAMERS and on behalf
of thousands of hard-working individuals negatively impacted by the ending of
DACA, many of whom are members of the NAACP with roots in the Caribbean and in
the nations of Africa.”
The NAACP is encouraging all of its members to call their
Senators and Representatives in Washington and urge them to pass the
NAACP-supported DREAM Act. Members can reach their Senators'/Congressman’s
offices by calling the Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.