GreenLatinos Stands with Immigrant and Border Communities

30 Latinx organizations have joined Green Latinos and Hispanic Federation in sending a letter to Congressional leadership, and the representatives negotiating a border security deal; highlighting a strong, unified message that we stand with immigrant communities and strongly oppose any funding for a hateful wall. 

Download Full Letter HERE

 

February 08, 2019

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Chairman Richard Shelby
Committee on Appropriations
Room S-128 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Democratic Leader
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy
Committee on Appropriations
Room S-128 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Nita Lowey
Chairwoman, Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Appropriations
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Kay Granger
Ranking Members, Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510



Dear:   Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Chairman Shelby, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Granger:

 

We, the undersigned organizations representing and serving millions of Latinos across the nation, stand together to say Basta! Enough! The Trump Administration’s constant attacks on immigrant children, families, and our historic Latinx communities on the southern borderlands and across the country, have endangered and threatened our families, our health, our safety, and our environment. The impacts of these attacks are hurting our most vulnerable communities now and will be for generations to come.

The Trump Administration has continued to demonize Latinx communities by inciting fear and prejudice with false narratives of unprecedented danger and violence in an attempt to justify inhumane treatment of immigrant families, law-abiding asylum-seekers, and their children. The Trump Administration has engaged in a multi-pronged assault on immigrants, migrants, and refugees, desperate for survival, longing for safety and a better life for their children and families. This assault includes the cruel separation and detention of immigrant families which has left countless children ripped from their parents with no viable plan for reunification, and the refusal to provide safe access and entry to primarily Central American refugees and asylum seekers which has contributed to the deaths and trauma of detained immigrant children.

Furthermore, this Administration has targeted immigrant communities across the nation for deportation by ICE, stripped the protective status of those under Temporary Protective Status (TPS), attacked DREAMers and DACA recipients, the overwhelming majority of whom are Latinx, while maintaining a xenophobic obsession over the construction of an unnecessary wall along our southern border.  

In December 2018, we saw the Trump Administration’s blind determination to continue their assault on our Latino communities by holding hostage thousands of American workers and their paychecks until Congress approved billions more in funding for a wall, sending our nation into the most prolonged, harmful government shutdown in U.S. history. The impacts of the government shutdown were felt in nearly all communities and economies across the nation MAY continue to be felt for years to come.

We call on Members of Congress to:

  • reject and denounce the Trump Administration’s continued attacks on Latino and all   
    immigrant communities, TPS and DACA recipients, refugee and asylum seekers, and     
    southern border communities;
  • reject more wasteful funding for a wall and further militarization of our southern border
    communities;
  • institute measures to prevent DHS from transferring or reprogramming money toward  
    building a wall, new detention facilities, or for enforcement programs, without     
    congressional approval;
  • institute measures to prevent the President from transferring or reprogramming money,
    that was appropriated to help rebuild areas hit by natural disasters, toward building a wall;
  • insist on an end to the Administration’s policy of separating families at the border and  
    demand all children be reunited with their parents immediately;
  • find permanent, legislative solutions for DACA and TPS holders.

We believe that the defense and protection of vulnerable communities, ecosystems, habitats, and civil and human rights are crucial to upholding principles of justice. We are committed to fighting for healthy and safe communities where we are all able to thrive, regardless of immigration status.

Latinx communities represent the best values of this country and we must, without hesitation or trepidation, embrace our nation's newest immigrants and historic Latino communities, and allow access to asylum seekers and refugees at our borders, and stand in solidarity with the fight for justice, respect, and freedom.


Sincerely,



Hispanic Federation
GreenLatinos
AGUILAS
Alianza Americas
Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A)
Arianna's Center/Translatina FL
ASPIRA
Chispa - LCV
Comité de la Diversidad de Sexo, Género y Orientación Sexua
Corazón Latino
Farmworker Justice
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Hispanic National Bar Association
Hispanics in Philanthropy
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
Los Padres ForestWatch
MANA, A National Latina Organization
Mi Familia Vota
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
National Latinx Psychological Association
QLatinx
Regenerative Solutions
Sachamama
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)
The Praxis Project
Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute
Voto Latino

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GreenLatinos is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural and cultural resources, and social justice issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders.

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