June 23, 2018
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Civil Rights Leaders Call for End to ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy & Demand Congress Investigate Trump Administration Incompetency
McAllen, TX - Today, civil rights leaders from across the country gathered peacefully in a civil demonstration at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Center in McAllen to demand an immediate termination to the existing zero-tolerance policy. Keynote speakers included the iconic Dolores Huerta; Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; Domingo Garcia, President, LULAC Council 102; Hector Flores, Past National LULAC President; Rosa Rosales, Past National LULAC President; Rev. Peter Johnson, The Peter Johnson Institute for Nonviolence; Gabriel Rosales, LULAC National Vice President of the Southwest; Michael Waters, Faith Forward Dallas, and Imam Omar Suleiman, Faith Forward Dallas.
“This gathering says loudly that we share the same values of family unity, equality, and justice. We will not accept demonizing migrants who legally qualify for asylum and politicizing a humanitarian crisis happening on our own border,” said Hector Flores, LULAC National Immigration Committee Chair.
“Parents and children are reaching our shores and borders because they are fleeing violence and death. Yet, President Trump seeks to punish families through an inhuman policy. We demand these refugees be allowed to seek asylum. Today, we are demanding Congress investigate the Administration due to its clear incompetency. We must ensure a fair and reasonable immigration process, not terrorize children and families. The children in detention centers and shelters are innocent and do not deserve irreparable trauma,” said Domingo Garcia, President of LULAC Council 102.
“This White House cannot be trusted! The American public and the world see that very clearly. We call on our Members of Congress to support the Keep Families Together Act. Also, we demand immediate oversight hearings of both the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security, which have mishandled and negligently failed an already horrific policy,” said Rosa Rosales, Past National LULAC President.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.