Washington, DC - Last night, President Trump signed an Executive Order that blocks most new green cards, in hopes of scapegoating immigrant workers for his failure to act on COVID-19 and thus further damaging the American economy. We know that Trump’s statements are a flat out lie because the Executive Order carves out exceptions, without increasing health and safety protections, for essential workers and seasonal H-2B farm workers who are keeping our hospitals running and grocery stores stocked. Trump and his cronies have failed to protect working people during this pandemic and instead of taking real actions, he is taking the age-old route of scapegoating immigrant workers.
Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Alvina Yeh states, “Instead of doing his job to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump has stolen PPE from hospitals and states, has spread misinformation about COVID-19, and leading to thousands of American deaths. Now, Trump is trying to pit vulnerable workers against immigrant workers as if they are mutually exclusive communities. The labor movement knows this is a false dichotomy that seeks to distract us from his failures. We are a community of black immigrants, Asian immigrants, Latino immigrants, disabled immigrants, and we are the ones caring for our communities and keeping America running during this pandemic.
Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are all too familiar with attempts by leadership to put blame for tough economic conditions onto the backs of immigrant workers. Trump’s administration is already separating millions of families every day that they fail to effectively address the COVID-19 pandemic: now they want to separate even more families across and at the border. We denounce Trump for inciting fear and hatred against immigrant communities. Trump wants to claim that he’s helping black and low-income workers with this executive order, but we know the truth. Black and brown workers are disproportionately dying of COVID-19 because of Trump’s racist policies and willful inaction on the crisis. We need a real plan for working people. This is not it.”
Learn how you can fight back!
Join the Value our Families Coalition for an important webinar focused on the policy implications of the Executive Order and how we can organize against them.
Date: Friday, April 24th at 10am PT / 1pm ET