Harlem Congressman Adriano Espaillat Celebrates May Day: Immigrant Rights Day

May 1, 2017

Today Harlem Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement celebrating May Day, Immigrant Rights Day:

“America has witnessed a dramatic shift on many fronts since the start of this year.  It should not come as a surprise to anyone, that the Trump administration is filling the swamp with the same hate induced agenda that we witnessed during the presidential election.  As a result, we are now witnessing firsthand aggressive shifts in policies that impact America’s standing abroad with our allies and here at home – policies that are unacceptable and unaligned with the values and we hold dear as a nation.

“Having come to this country as an immigrant myself, I take these anti-immigrant policies very personally.  When my constituents tell me they are afraid to go out at night – that’s personal.  And when Trump is dedicating resources to opening an office whose sole purpose is to demonize immigrants – that’s personal.  When families are torn apart and when students are uprooted from the only place they have ever called home – that’s personal, too.

“This is a critical time for the soul of our country, and we owe it to the American people to celebrate May Day, Immigrant Rights Day as a day we stand united to protect the liberties of freedom and opportunity that we hold dear as a country and renew our fight against attacks on immigrant families in communities around the nation.”


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