Stand Firm oppose Trump's proposed deal: say 60 plus groups to Illinois Congressional Delegates


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More than 60 organizations and labor unions sent an open letter to the Illinois Congressional Delegation in response to President Trump's latest proposed deal to re-open the government. 

As a coalition they urge the elected officials to reject any deal involving the Trump Administration’s proposal for a "wasteful and ineffectual border wall" then insist on real solutions for the 11 million people who are undocumented due to the U.S. immigration system. 

Like all Americans, they are dealing with the impact of the partial government shutdown due to an impasse over funding a wall on the U.S. southern border. 

Lawrence Benito, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said “The administration's proposal is nothing more than using immigrants and government employees as bargaining chips to meet the widely unpopular demands of the racists in the White House to continue to set aside significant amounts of money for cruel enforcement priorities. Trump is dead set on tearing immigrant families apart and keeping kids and families locked behind bars. This is a down payment on the White House's belief that brown people belong on one side, and white people belong on the other."

Their opposition is for any deal that includes a border wall, even if it includes protections for immigrants benefiting from (and losing protections under) the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). They say that these immigrants do not want to benefit from any deal that still leaves their parents, neighbors, classmates and other community members at risk of deportation.  

Such a deal, they point out, would separate still more families, on top of all the families the White House Administration has already torn apart at the border and elsewhere. 

Their position puts them at odds with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), which is urging Congress to accept a deal exchanging wall funding for DACA and TPS protections. To substantiate their belief, they point out that the November election results show that ABIC is out of step with a majority of American voters. 

ABIC’s position, according to ICIRR, merely "caves in to the White House’s political blackmail, providing cover for it to score a political win to placate its white nationalist base while sustaining its attacks on immigrant families. No win for Trump can be a win for immigrants," they say. 

ICIRR includes the following organizations and groups:

  • Access Living
  • Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment
  • Arab American Action Network
  • Arab American Family Services
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Cambodian Association of Illinois
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos
  • Centro Romero
  • Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum
  • Chicago Community and Workers' Rights
  • Chicago Religious Leadership Network
  • Citizen Action/Illinois
  • Communities United
  • Confederacion de Migrantes Guanajuatenses en Estados Unidos
  • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
  • Durango Unido en Chicago
  • Enlace Chicago
  • Family Focus
  • Federación de Chihuahua
  • Federación de Clubes y Lideres de Guanajuato
  • Federación de Hidalguenses en Illinois
  • Forward Illinois
  • Grassroots Collaborative
  • HANA Center
  • Hanul Family Alliance
  • Hispanic American Community Education & Services
  • Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Illinois Immigrant Action
  • Immigration Project
  • Indo-American Center
  • Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Irish Community Services
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Latino Organization of the Southwest
  • Latino Policy Forum
  • Local 881 UFCW
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Mano-A-Mano Family Resource Center
  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion
  • National Immigrant Justice Center
  • New American Welcoming Center at the University YMCA
  • Northern Alliance for Immigrants
  • Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Northside Community Resources
  • Organized Communities Against Deportation
  • Pan-African Association
  • PASO- West Suburban Action Project
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Project IRENE
  • Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees
  • Reintegrate
  • SEIU Healthcare
  • SEIU Local 1
  • Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
  • South-East Asia Center
  • Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project
  • Spanish Community Center
  • United African Organization
  • United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO)
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