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Americans Must Protect Its 50 Year Legacy of Reuniting Immigrant Families in the U.S. Who’ve Made This Country Strong

Trump Has Called for the Slashing of Legal Immigration by 50% and Would Block Millions of Families from Reuniting and Staying Together


Atlanta, Georgia, July 2, 2018 — This week marks the 50-year anniversary of the implementation of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA), of which a key provision—family-based immigration—makes the United States a symbol of hope and freedom by welcoming and reuniting immigrant families to build strong communities in our country.

From Day 1 of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump attacked immigrants. As president, he’s been relentless, going beyond his demand for a border wall and the criminalizing and scapegoating of immigrants. Trump wants to downsize legal immigration by as much as 50 percent, eliminate the Diversity Visa program, shrink the number of immigrants and people of color in the United States by any means: banning Muslims and refugees, closing off access to asylum and humanitarian protections, expanding the use of indefinite detention and incarceration, mass deportation, and ending family-based immigration to allow families to reunite with their loved ones (except for his own family and in-laws).

Recently, following a petition campaign led by members of the Value Our Families coalition that gained the support of nearly 30,000 individuals, the AP Stylebook advised writers and journalists to stop using the derogatory term “chain migration” that Trump uses to attack family-based immigration.

Below is a statement by the Value Our Families coalition to mark the 50th anniversary of the INA:

“Family-based immigration and reunification, a key provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, has allowed countless immigrant and refugee families from all races, colors, and ethnicities to be together in the United States over the last 50 years. Yet Donald Trump wants to end the legacy of these American families and cut legal immigration and block families from reuniting. We will never let that happen.

“Over the weekend, immigrants and Americans from all walks of life came together to call on Trump to end his ‘zero-humanity’ policies of separating children from their families. We remain steadfast to protect family immigration because it preserves the family structure that is so important for strong communities and the deep values we share in who we want to be as a country.”

Value Our Families is the national coalition that aims to reunite and keep families together, defend family immigration, and protect family unity.

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June 29, 2018: New #ValueOurFamilies Coalition Unite to Defend Family Immigration and Protect Family Unity

June 28, 2018: IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUPS URGE THE RELEASE OF SOUTH ASIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS AND BRING ATTENTION TO SECOND HUNGER STRIKE IN GEORGIA DETENTION CENTERS

June 26, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Supreme Court Decision on Muslim Ban

June 22, 2018: INDIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS IN ICE CUSTODY BEGIN SECOND HUNGER STRIKE AT FOLKSTON ICE PROCESSING FACILITY

June 22, 2018: Despite 193-231 Failed Floor Vote, Rep. Woodall and Rep. Handel Votes YES for Goodlatte’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Bill, Goes On Record As A Soldier for Trump’s Mass Deportation Force

June 20, 2018: Immigrant Rights Groups Mourn the Death of Vietnamese Detainee

June 20, 2018: Immigrant Rights Groups Mourn the Death of Vietnamese Detainee_in Vietnamese

June 20, 2018: Trump’s Executive Order STILL Jails Children and Their Parents

June 13, 2018: Goodlatte’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Bill Exposes How Out of Touch House Republicans Are with America

May 31, 2018: PRESS ADVISORY: FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION RALLY

May 7, 2018: Advancing Justice Condemns Termination of TPS for Honduras

May 1, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta presents first ever Halal Korean BBQ Night in Georgia

April 26, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Urges Congress to Intervene for Nepali TPS Holders

April 25, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Calls for Permanent Solution to Protect Immigrant Communities

April 25, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Stands With Impacted Communities As Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Muslim Ban Case, Trump v. Hawaii

April 6, 2018: Advancing Justice Mourns Loss of Senator Daniel Akaka

March 27, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Will Fight Addition of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

March 26, 2018: Advocacy Groups and Immigrant Rights Organizations to host press conference against Senate Bill 452

March 22, 2018: Advancing Justice-Atlanta Organizes 5th Annual Non-Partisan Candidate Training on March 24-25

March 16, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Demands Apology from Secretary Zinke for Ignorant Remark Directed at Congresswoman Hanabusa

February 28, 2018: Immigrant Rights Advocates Sue ICE to Stop Illegal Incarceration of Vietnamese Refugees

February 28, 2018: Religious leaders and Immigrant Rights Advocates to host a press conference against anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia

February 26, 2018: Advancing Justice-Atlanta and immigrant rights organizations to host a rally to stop anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia

February 14, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta to host our Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day with Legislators, communities, and organizations

January 24, 2018: Immigrant Advocates Oppose “Adios Amazon” Bills

January 22, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Deeply Saddened By Senate Failure to Defend Undocumented Youth

January 20, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice to Congress: DO YOUR JOB!

January 11, 2018: Advancing Justice - Atlanta to continue its effort to Naturalize underserved communities in 2018

January 11, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Voices Opposition to House Sponsored Anti-Immigrant Legislation

January 11, 2018: ADVANCING JUSTICE CONDEMNS PRESIDENT'S RACIST AND WHITE SUPREMACIST COMMENTS

January 10, 2018: Advancing Justice Applauds Federal Court Ruling to Halt Termination of DACA

January 8, 2018: Advancing Justice Condemns Termination of TPS for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans