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National Guard Deployment Detrimental to Southern Border Communities

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2018

National Guard Deployment Detrimental to Southern Border Communities

(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, FIRM, reacted to the news that President Trump plans to sign a proclamation that would deploy the National Guard to the southern border region:

“Deployment of the National Guard to southern border is not only a waste of valuable resources, but an infringement on the rights of the border communities. The truth is that unauthorized border crossings are at a 46 year low. We need policies that generate investment in communities, not militarizes them.

This is yet another attempt by Trump to use fear and incendiary tweets to divide us. Instead, the National Guard would be more helpful in places like Puerto Rico that need the help rebuilding. We cannot let fear-mongering get in the way of embracing our values.”

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