Trump and Key Politicians Shamefully Use Terror Attack to Go After Immigrants

Diversity Immigration Program Becomes Latest Addition to Republican Ransom List for Protecting Immigrant Youth

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2017
Bruna Bouhid | | 202.850.0812
Sheridan Aguirre | | 202.780.1276

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.”

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at