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For Immediate Release

Dee Donavanik,, ( 951) 547-1241

Donald Trump's Immigration Policies Are Pure Evil, And They Must Be Stopped

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt


Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions are turning our nation of immigrants into a country of cruelty. The administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. Mexican border is harsh, inhumane and painful to witness everyday. Not only is this policy not supported by political consensus, but it is also unlawful. Today, NOW joins with leading lawmakers and advocacy organizations to take a stand to defend the immigrants of our country against these hideous actions.

We join our colleagues in opposing the two anti-immigrant bills moving through the House. Neither bill addresses the Trump Administration's unconscionable policy of separating families, and neither provides a fix to the administration's heartless decision to end DACA.

Immigration is a feminist issue. Since 1966, the National Organization for Women has worked tirelessly to eliminate racism, sexism and discrimination in all forms. At NOW, we demand a process that treats immigrant women and children fairly and recognizes the value of their contributions to the United States. We will never be free unless our immigrant sisters and their children are free!

With nearly 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents and hundreds of demonstrations across the country, NOW is calling on our national movement to protest outside of detention centers in their communities to send a strong message to Trump's administration that enough is enough!

Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy of separating children and families means zero humanity and compassion. NOW calls on Congress to exercise its moral and civic duty to defend, protect and humanize immigrant families, especially women and children. Trump's policy is racist, unlawful and cruel. If Donald Trump can't bring himself to pick up the phone and reverse his cruel edict, Congress must pass legislation that stops routine separation of immigrant families at the border.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.