CGRS condemns the hardline immigration policies promoted in yesterday’s State of the Union address, including measures that target asylum seekers. In exchange for a path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible youth, the White House seeks to shut out refugees and asylum seekers, limit family-based immigration, erode due process rights, and gut protections for unaccompanied children. CGRS calls on Congress to reject the harmful policy proposals and rhetoric of the Trump Administration and to pass a clean Dream Act.

CGRS denounces the Trump Administration’s heartless decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran nationals who have been part of our communities for many years. Revoking their status is profoundly inhumane and will exacerbate conditions of violence and instability in El Salvador.

The White House on Sunday presented to Congress its “Immigration Principles and Priorities,” a list of hardline policy proposals demanded in exchange for a legislative solution to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the proposed policies, which mark the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to scapegoat and criminalize immigrants and refugees, including children.