John Kelly Turns His Back on Freedom

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2018

John Kelly Turns His Back on Freedom

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after White House chief of staff John Kelly made xenophobic comments about immigrants during an interview with NPR:  
 
“We know the administration is plagued by white supremacists whose xenophobia has infected policy at every level. But now, John Kelly has taken the liberty of rewriting the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty—advocating that we instead turn our back on those seeking refuge at the Southern border based on his racist stereotypes about undocumented immigrants.
 
John Kelly's bigotry and xenophobia should alarm all Americans who believe in fairness and our proud history of welcoming immigrants. It is this kind of intolerance that has compelled the administration to separate kids from their parents at the border and terminate TPS for hundreds of thousands of people. This level of bigotry aims to criminalize immigrants and ban people with disabilities from entering the U.S. We have lost our way and our common decency toward one another as humans. Punishing immigrants from seeking better lives can only be the work of someone who is so blinded by his hatred of people of color that he cannot even fathom the journey these families have made to keep their children safe. His comments pull another white layer off the cold-hearted racism of this administration. 
 
The facts are that immigrants are homeowners at faster rates than the U.S.-born population and are twice as likely to become entrepreneurs and small business owners. The real facts are that immigrants power the economy and make up the fabric of our country. We cannot let xenophobia steer our country back in time. We must come together and show each other, and the world, that we are better than this.” 

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FIRM AdminKica Matos