Media Advisory

NCLR, U.S. Citizen Children of Deported Parents to Join Senate Minority Leader Schumer and Senator Menendez in Call to Stop Administration’s Separation of American Families

Group urges Congress to reject administration request to fund onslaught against American families

March 27, 2017

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, together with the children of recently deported parents, will join Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to urge Congress to reject the Trump Administration’s $3 billion FY 17 supplemental funding, citing the threat to the more than five million U.S. citizen children in this country who have at least one undocumented parent. The news conference will take place Tuesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. ET in SVC 203 in the Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.

The Trump Administration recently sent a request to Congress for supplemental appropriations that would set in motion its attempt to implement a mass deportation strategy, and be used in part to fund ICE agents tasked with carrying out raids in local communities, and begin the process of building a border wall which estimates put at a total cost of $21.6 billion. If approved, the move would imperil millions of American families, separating children from their parents and often deporting the primary breadwinner, leaving millions of families, communities and local governments to deal with the emotional and economic fallout.


WHATPress conference with NCLR, U.S. citizen children of deported parents, Minority Leader Schumer in call to end the assault on U.S. families through immigration enforcement
WHEN:Tuesday, March 28 11 AM ET
WHERE:SVC 203 in the Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
WHO:Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) 
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
Rose Escobar and her 7 year old son, both US citizens: Rose’s husband, Jose, 31, was deported to El Salvador – a country he has not seen since he was 15 – over a paperwork filing mistake made nearly a decade ago by his mother. He has no criminal record.
Fatima and Yuleni Avelica ages 13 and 12, both US citizens: Fatima watched from the back seat of her car as her father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, was taken away after he dropped her sister off at school. A father of four, Avelica-Gonzalez had lived in this country for 25 years.

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