April 27, 2018 202/371-1999
Trump Administration Decision to Deport Nepali Families ‘Callous and Heartless’
Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, on the Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status for some 9,000 Nepali immigrants:
“Deporting thousands of families who came to the United States after Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes is callous and heartless. Nepal has not restored its infrastructure and cannot provide adequate food, water, housing and health care to those who return, especially at this time when the country is plagued by civil unrest. Revoking Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepali families, who are working hard and are an important part of their communities here, is part of the Trump administration’s deeply disturbing pattern of hostility toward immigrants, including immigrants who currently have legal status.
“We urge Congress to step in and block this decision and to counter all the Trump administration’s unconscionable actions to revoke TPS status for immigrants from countries that are not able to provide for returning families.
“Our nation suffers every time the Trump administration takes an action like this, which undermines our values and belies our promise, enshrined on the Statue of Liberty, to welcome ‘the tempest-tossed’ to our country. The moms of America know that sending families to unsafe conditions is cruel, and that our country’s diversity is what makes us strong and prosperous, not the opposite. We intend to fight every cruel, unjustifiable action the Trump administration takes that imperils immigrants.”
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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. 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 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 women — particularly moms and women of color — and so many others. MomsRising 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. MomsRising maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.org. Sign up online at www.MomsRising.org — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.