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Statement on Trump Calling National Emergency: The Real Emergency is Trump’s Xenophobia

WASHINGTON – Losmin Jimenez, Immigrant Justice Project Director and Senior Attorney for Advancement Project National Office, issued the following statement on President Trump’s declaration today of a “national emergency” on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Trump continues to bypass Congress to further his xenophobic wish list with criminalization of immigrants at the top of it. After the recent disastrous government shutdown, calling for a ‘national emergency’ just to get what he wants is unacceptable. This so-called ‘crisis’ is nothing more than an over-blown tantrum over his disagreement with the Congress,” said Losmin Jimenez.

“There are plenty of national emergencies we could address and migrants seeking refuge in our country is not one of them. Taxpayers’ dollars don’t need to be spent on a nonexistent crisis. We will not stand for this abuse of power. His relentless and continuing attacks on democracy and people of color are the real crisis that we must challenge.”

Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.

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