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Friday, February 10, 2017

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Condemns Nationwide ICE Retaliation and Intimidation

Press Release
Washington
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) issued the following statement in response to reports of increased racial profiling and anti-immigrant targeting by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. News reports, attorneys, and panicked calls from community members indicate that there is a “coordinated sweep” of immigrants happening across the country.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH, said:

“For several years, we have seen the devastating effects of deportations on families, LGBTQ individuals, women and children. The current administration, however, is rushing through policy proposals that have drastically increased fear and intimidation towards immigrant families. We are alarmed by recent accounts regarding the deportation of valued members in our community. The misuse of taxpayer-funded resources to round up, detain, and separate families, and target long-standing community members is lawless. If anything is ‘routine’ about these enforcement tactics it is the continuous attack on communities of color. Undoubtedly, these enforcement actions have a disproportionate effect on Latino families, women, and other minority groups. While these policies are being thinly-veiled as public safety measures, make no mistake that this is a move to increase fear and racialized animosity towards immigrants living in this country.”

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at latinainstitute.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.