White House Memo Directs Latest Attack on Immigrant Families

Value Our Families responds to a White House memo directing certain federal agencies to issue guidance related to immigrants and mixed-status families
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Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144 mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org
Yoli Navas 561-990-9029 yoli@npstrategygroup.com

Washington, D.C. - The following is a statement from Value Our Families, in response to a White House memo directing certain federal agencies to issue guidance related to immigrants and mixed-status families accessing public benefits. Details of the impacts of the policies on immigrants who came through our family-based system and their sponsors will be available once the agencies issue their guidance.

The President continues to look for every opportunity to other immigrants and people of color. Just last week, the President purported to soften some of his anti-immigrant rhetoric in an effort to push a system favoring high-skilled immigrants and lowering immigration levels. Yet, he issues policy after policy seeking to exclude, deport or denigrate immigrants and refugees. Just like the proposed public charge rule, this memo seeks to instill fear in immigrant communities deterring them from seeking benefits.  

This memo is Stephen Miller’s latest attempt at creating a false narrative about the contributions of immigrants to further a restrictionist agenda rooted in white supremacy.  

Our family-based immigration system has served our country well. As a nation, we are better than this. The Value Our Families Campaign will continue to celebrate our strong vibrant and diverse American communities created by immigration and refugee resettlement and promote humanity and justice in our immigration system.