“Trump’s plan is nonsensical, impractical, and most of all, xenophobic and racist. What we saw on Wednesday night was no different from the same xenophobic, racist, anti-immigrant, classist, white supremacist rhetoric that Trump has been spewing all along,” stated APALA National President Johanna Hester. “Deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants back to their home countries and implementing extreme vetting processes, including ideological testing, is fundamentally un-American, not to mention a waste of taxpayer money.”
“If Trump becomes president, he will undoubtedly act more like a dictator who instills fear and paranoia throughout our country,” added APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana. “It really is alarming -- his plans to expand ICE and increase the number of deportation officers will not only encourage racial profiling of communities of color but also boost mass incarceration in prisons and detainment centers which are already increasingly privatized. What he proposes will only contribute further to a broken immigration system and a broken criminal justice system.”
“This country was built by and for immigrants – documented and undocumented – and Trump’s speech shows that he just doesn’t get it. He is too quick to belittle and distort the contributions of millions of Americans and overlooks the violence and brutality against our own communities by ordinary citizens, who are documented by the way,” continued Hester.
APALA stands behind candidates who believe that we are stronger when we lift each other up, not by tearing us apart -- physically or ideologically. We remain committed to combatting the mass criminalization of communities of color and stand strongly against the corporate greed that fuels prisons and immigrant detention centers and imprisons our immigrant kinfolk. We will continue to work for an equitable economy alongside candidates and politicians who believe in leveling the playing field and promote cross racial solidarity and understanding.
Cendana stated: “As a nation, we need to start looking at these issues more intersectionally. Immigration affects so many people and communities of color; immigrants contribute millions of dollars to the economy; immigrants have families, children and a base of support here in the U.S. How is building a wall and ripping apart countless numbers of parents from their children a solution to this broken system? What Trump proposes caters to a white supremacist and conservative base, and we cannot – and will not – let votes go that way in November.”