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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                CONTACT: Emily Hecker
February 16, 2017                                                                                                    202/371-1999


MomsRising on the #DayWithoutImmigrants


Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and Executive Director of MomsRising.org, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, on the #DayWithoutImmigrants solidarity actions:

“Diversity makes America strong, creative and prosperous - and that diversity comes from immigrants.  We know that immigrants play a large and important role in our economy, but today’s #DayWithoutImmigrants action proves just how important immigrants are:  founding many of our largest companies, creating and running small businesses, employing many people in our nation, playing an important role in our labor force, and as caregivers, workers, and community members.

“The mothers of America do not want to build walls, deport immigrants or block refugees in need of new homes from resettling in this country.  We do not want to impose de facto religious tests on those seeking entry into our nation. We do not want to create divisions in our communities by treating immigrant families and students with suspicion or by subjecting them to inappropriate and undeserved scrutiny.

“As President Trump and his allies in Congress make further plans to divide our country, attack immigrants and push through policies that hurt our economies, our families and communities - mothers stand against him.”
 

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MomsRising.org is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. MomsRising is working for paid family and medical leave, affordable, high quality childcare and early learning, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others. MomsRising also advocates for access to healthy food for all kids, health care for all, earned sick days, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families, including criminal justice reform, immigration policy reform, and gun safety. MomsRising also maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.org. Follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.