Washington, DC – Yesterday, a tragic attack took place in Manhattan, claiming the lives of eight people.
Immediately, Trump placed the blame of the attack on our country’s immigration programs by announcing his intention to terminate the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which allows individuals, particularly Black, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrants, to migrate to the United States. The following day, politicians piled on with agreement that they would consider ending the program.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy and Policy Director for United We Dream and DACA beneficiary, said:
“Our hearts go out to the victims of the shameful attack on innocent people in New York. It is a moment for all people to come together and strive for peace but instead, Donald Trump lashed out at immigrants and politicians piled on. Their response is shameful.
“The diversity immigration lottery program is a gateway to the United States for many Black immigrants and members of the MASA community. People of color are being threatened and punished because of the actions of a deranged individual.
“Immigrant youth are at risk because Trump killed DACA and the ransom that Republicans are demanding to secure their safety seems to be getting more expensive every day. We reject their sick game. We are calling for a clean Dream Act because we don’t believe that one group of immigrants must suffer so that another group can be safe.”