ACLU Statement on Leaked Trump Immigration Enforcement Plans

February 18, 2017 8:00 pm

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NEW YORK — Joanne Lin, American Civil Liberties Union senior legislative counsel, issued the following statement on President Trump’s leaked immigration enforcement plans:

“This is immigration enforcement under Trump: due process, human decency, and common sense are treated as inconvenient obstacles on the path to mass deportation. The Trump administration is intent on inflicting cruelty on millions of immigrant families across the country.

Virtually every immigrant is now a priority for detention and deportation. Immigration and border agents will increase dramatically in number and are empowered to operate unfettered. State and local law enforcement agencies, including those with records of racial profiling and police brutality, are encouraged to become immigration agents.

Immigrants and allies have proven that we can fight back against Trump, and we will not allow his radical, unprecedented combination of unconstitutional actions and terrible policy to become our reality.”

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