|San Jose must stand with immigrants and refugees|
|The petition to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo reads:
“Take a public stand against Donald Trump’s xenophobic agenda. Do everything in your power to ensure that our city implements policies and practices that protect immigrants and refugees from harassment, detention and deportation by ICE, the Border Patrol or other government agencies.”
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Donald Trump spent his first week in office targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims and strengthening his deportation force. This weekend, federal officials detained hundreds of immigrants and refugees at airports across the country.
Thousands of people took to the streets and flooded airports in outrage. Their signs and chants made clear why people had come out and come together: to fiercely resist Trump’s racism, xenophobia and hate and put officials in our communities on notice that we expect them to reject Trump’s dangerous agenda and stand with the communities he threatens.
It’s clear that Trump is doing everything he can to make his nightmare campaign promises a reality. While the focus over the weekend was on Trump’s Muslim ban, last week’s executive orders also expand his deportation force, attack undocumented immigrants and threaten sanctuary cities. Trump promised to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants in his first 100 days in office. We have to stand with immigrants in our communities now and demand that mayors enforce practices and policies to protect them. Tell Mayor Liccardo to stand his ground and protect immigrants and refugees in San Jose before it’s too late.
Tell Mayor Liccardo: Publicly reject Trump’s xenophobic agenda and do everything in your power to protect immigrants and refugees. Click here to sign the petition.Dozens of sanctuary cities, counties and states have policies in place that make it more difficult for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify and deport undocumented immigrants: from prohibiting municipal employees from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status, to banning the use of city resources, programs and funding to aid federal immigration officers.1
Mayor Liccardo should make sure San Jose is ready to protect immigrants and refugees, and refuse to comply with Trump’s racist, unconstitutional and illegal anti-immigrant executive orders. They include:
Trump and his right-wing administration are treating immigrants and refugees like criminals. Mayor Liccardo has the power to slow down and obstruct Trump’s hateful regime. Urge Mayor Liccardo to do everything in his power to protect immigrants and refugees in San Jose.
It’s important to remember that Trump’s racist and unconstitutional executive order targets Muslim immigrants from countries where violent conflicts, human rights abuses and long-term unemployment are the norm: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.8 Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced by war, climate change and corporate greed every year. Every person, no matter their religion, has the right to seek refuge from conflict, live free from persecution and strive for better economic opportunities for their family. Our country was founded on these core principles, and we must not abandon them now.
Trump’s executive order to withdraw federal grants from sanctuary cities hasn’t stopped mayors in current sanctuary cities like San Francisco, Seattle and New York from reaffirming their commitment to remain cities of refuge and hope for all immigrants. In fact, the California state legislature already hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to protect California’s sanctuary cities and the state from Trump’s anti-immigrant right-wing administration.9 Now it’s time for San Jose to take bold action.
Cities are the first line of defense against Trump’s agenda of deportation, criminalization and hatred. Tell Mayor Liccardo that you’re counting on them to resist and block Trump’s anti-immigrant regime every step of the way. Click the link below to sign the petition.
Thank you for speaking out,
Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
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