Chicago, IL — (ENEWSPF)–January 25, 2017
Donald Trump issued an executive order today that directs federal agencies to start building a U.S.-Mexico border wall and institute a crackdown on immigration. Video below is Wednesday’s OCAD Press Conference.
Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders Wednesday targeting sanctuary cities and expanding the border wall; as well as others Thursday increasing surveillance on immigrant communities, blocking visas from being issued to seven Arab or Muslim countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), and halting the ability of refugees to come to the United States. While these executive actions will be signed under the auspices of protecting the U.S. from violent threats, they are nothing more than the institutionalization of the xenophobia and Islamophobia that have brought Trump to power.
“We are aware that these policies serve to demonize and target immigrant communities, as well as erode the hard fought-for protections that we have won over the years,” said Rosi Carrasco of Organized Communities Against Deportations. “We are worried that these executive orders also serve as a stepping-stone for more troubling policies that Trump has promised, including registries, raids, and deportations of Arab, Muslim, South Asian, African, and Latinx immigrants.”
In addition to policy consequences, these executive orders will also deepen what has been called the “Trump Effect”: the increase in racist hate crimes that have targeted immigrant, Black, Asian, and Arab and Muslim communities since Trump’s campaign gained prominence. Immigrant rights organizations will address how hate crimes further marginalize our communities and embolden xenophobes and racists to take matters into their own hands.
Trump’s promise to attack sanctuary cities would punish Chicago for not forcing local law enforcement to adhere with federal immigration enforcement policies of racially profiling immigrants and breaking up immigrant families. While it cannot stop ICE from carrying out raids, the sanctuary city policy in Chicago is an important protection for immigrant communities, and has been a cornerstone here since its introduction by Mayor Harold Washington in the 80s.
Source: Organized Communities Against Deportation
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