FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2017
Contact: Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Senior Associate, Mexico, Migrant Rights and Border Issues
The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) strongly condemns President Trump’s announcement today regarding Executive Orders to direct federal resources for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, increase detention of immigrants and possible asylum seekers at our border, aggressively expand interior enforcement within the United States, and end federal funding for sanctuary cities.
“With these actions, President Trump has demonstrated his commitment to enforce an extreme anti-immigrant and refugee agenda that runs counter to the humanitarian values of our nation. We reject a militarized approach to border security that denies due process to families and children fleeing violence seeking protections at our borders. These policies are costly, cruel and will do nothing to make our country safer,” said Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Senior Associate for Mexico, Migrant Rights and Border Issues.
President Trump’s actions threaten the basic civil and human rights of our communities as well as individuals and families seeking refuge at our borders. They undermine our fundamental American values of welcoming the immigrants and refugees who truly make our nation great.
Now more than ever, LAWG stands committed to protecting migrants and refugees and joining voices with our partners in the United States and Latin America to defend human rights.
Founded in 1983, the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) leads one of the nation’s longest-standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. LAWG works with over 50 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots, labor, environmental and human rights organizations to encourage just U.S. policies towards Latin America.