For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017
Unmasked and Unafraid: Trump Launches Immigration Sweeps Targeting Sanctuary Cities
(Washington)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after ICE conducted immigration sweeps in sanctuary cities across the country over the last couple of days in what federal officials are calling “Operation Safe Cities”:
“Donald Trump isn’t hiding his disdain for immigrants and black and brown communities behind a white hood. Time and time again he bows down to white supremacists, and boldly terrorizes our communities in heartless attacks that separate families. Over the last few days, ICE agents arrested 498 undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities across the country in a move that will impact hundreds of communities for generations to come.
It is clear to us that Trump, ICE and the racists who make up the administration have one agenda: make America white again. Trump is deliberately punishing sanctuary cities for protecting their residents. It is appalling that the federal government would stoop to this new low. The immigration sweeps come on the heels of a new travel ban that bars entry to immigrants mostly from Muslim countries and of the announcement that the U.S. will cap the number of refugees it will accept. Earlier in the month, Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that granted nearly 800,000 young immigrants the ability to freely contribute to their communities.
From coast to coast, progressive allies have come forward to stand with immigrants. The resistance is growing and we are not stopping until we have the protections we deserve.”