The State of Our Union: The Fight for the Soul of Our Country Continues

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2018

The State of Our Union: The Fight for the Soul of Our Country Continues

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(WASHINGTON)—During his first year in office, Donald Trump has jeopardized the lives of millions of immigrants, holding them hostage unless Congress passes his racist immigration agenda. Tonight he will deliver his State of the Union, which might as well be rebranded as the State of the White Union. More than a dozen young immigrants from the FIRM network, have been invited by Members of Congress to the State of the Union.

Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, delivered the State of Our Union via video ahead of Trump’s address tonight. Her remarks below.

“Americans believe families should be together. Trump is determined to tear them apart. We know America’s strength is in its many colors, many cultures and many customs. Trump wants America to be defined by one race. While you and I see America as the land of opportunity, Trump sees it as a playground for the rich and powerful.

Americans long for unity. Trump insists on dividing us.

If you doubt me – look at what is in his ransom note to America: an end to family reunification in immigration, a return to racist pre-civil rights era priorities, an unleashing of militarized immigration police to terrorize American neighborhoods, and a $25 billion dollar pointless wall to isolate us from our neighbors in the south.

We cannot surrender to these white nationalist demands. Americans are not with Trump on this.

And despite Trump and his Republican enablers unleashing a torrent of hate, immigrants still believe in the America of possibility. We are all in for this fight for America’s soul.

Immigrants are human beings who deserve the same respect, dignity and concern that any good American would show their neighbor.

But the America we all believe in, will not be gifted to us. We have to fight for it together. And 2018 must be the year we win.

Tonight I share my voice; tomorrow I will organize. I will get up every day to fight for a clean Dream Act, to register new voters and make sure they turn out. We will never give up. We will never give in.”