Yesterday Trump announced his support for a bill that would cut legal immigration to the US in half within a decade. Heartless, once again, comes to mind when describing the bill's sponsors and their insensibility to the effect of this bill on the many American citizens and legal aliens who would suddenly not be able to bring their families into the United States. These citizens include us.
America was not built on ethnic purity tests, and we will not stand for xenophobia thinly disguised as immigration reform. We’ll be sending out a statement tonight regarding this legislation. If the bill continues to gain momentum, we will roll out a global campaign to mobilize membership. Stay tuned.
Speaking of...if you’re following leadership listserve these days you might be asking yourself – why is this legislation an issue that the Excom is focusing on, and how did they choose it?
Our response to the bill is based on several factors: 1. the bill directly subverts one of the key planks that DA supports in our platform – immigration reform. 2. it directly affects many of our members and other Americans abroad. 3. it is news NOW.