For Immediate Release: August 2, 2017
White Nationalist Grip White House Tightly, Introduce Bill Targeting Legal Immigration
(WASHINGTON)—Sulma Arias, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the introduction of the RAISE Act:
“Once again White Nationalists are pushing their ethnic cleansing agenda, scapegoating immigrants for their own inability to create a labor market that works for everyone. Today’s announcement that Trump supports the RAISE ACT introduced by Senators Purdue (R-GA) and Cotton (R-AR) is a direct attack on all immigrants, on our legal immigration system, and on one of the core principles that drives immigration—family reunification. The reality is that immigrants do not take jobs from Americans. In fact, it is the already wealthy CEOs who undercut the labor market, and move jobs overseas, including Trump and his family who make all of their products outside of the U.S. Immigrants help grow and support our economy and revitalize communities throughout the country.
The RAISE Act would cut legal immigration per year by half, limit permanent resident status for refugees to 50,000 a year, eliminate diversity visas, and restrict reunification visas—all of which affect African, Latino and Asian immigrants disproportionately.
Putting America first means upholding and defending the values we hold near and dear. Putting America first is not pitting one group of workers against the other. Targeting families and black and brown immigrants because racist organization like FAIR line your pockets is not the same as family values.
To all members of Congress: we’re watching and we’re demanding that you denounce bigotry camouflaged as patriotism.”