‘We Will Not Stand for More Political Scapegoating of Immigrants’

Diversity Visa Program

This week UnidosUS joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other sister civil rights organizations to condemn President Trump’s response to the terrorist attack in New York City.

The joint statement reads in part:

Rather than serve to unify the country after the tragedy in New York, the president is fearmongering to advance his xenophobic agenda. We will stand in vigorous opposition to any attempt to dilute this country’s diverse richness or keep families apart.

President Trump’s latest call for an end to the Diversity Visa program is yet another anti-immigrant proposal grounded in white nationalism. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle should know better than to try to score cheap political points by punishing an entire class of immigrants. We will not stand for more political scapegoating of immigrants or the pitting of Muslims and immigrants eligible for the diversity visa (many of whom are from Africa and the Caribbean) against Dreamers.

The Diversity Visa Lottery exists to increase immigration from countries who have low levels of immigration to the United States due to historical barriers. Many immigrants who benefit are from Africa and the Caribbean, and eliminating this visa option would be another extremist, anti-immigrant, White nationalist policy disguised as an effort to keep America safer.

On UnidosUS.org

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