Today, in response to votes in the House of Representatives passing two pieces of anti-immigrant legislation, People For the American Way Political Director Lizet Ocampo issued the following statement.
“For years Republicans have made harassing and attacking immigrant communities a major legislative priority; today’s votes continue that pattern. Instead of working to develop meaningful immigration reform, Republicans continue to vilify Latinos and encourage bigotry and prejudice.
“Politicians love to talk about unity, but this legislation does nothing but tear our communities apart. No one will be safer because of this legislation. The only impact is to harm immigrant families. That’s a shameful way for our elected officials to exercise their power.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.