“Your willingness to engage with such a group lends dangerous legitimacy to nativist and xenophobic ideologies of hate. This is unfitting of a senior official of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and I urge you to immediately cancel your planned appearance,” Luján wrote.
The Faithful Democracy Coalition is an inter-denominational campaign that began in the wake of the Citizens United decision. The Coalition advocates for ending the dominance of big money out of politics, examining the issue from both a faith-based and legislative perspective, and focuses their campaign on the issues of climate change, gun violence prevention, immigration, and private prisons.
Santa Fe, NM– On Aug. 24, 15 NM House Democrats, along with Representatives from the Texas House of Representatives, sent a letter to White House officials that reaffirms their commitment to immigration reform. On Monday, August 20th, state Representatives received a letter from the White House asking legislators across the country to support President Trump’s anti-immigrant sentiments. While these Representatives agree that law enforcement officers should be recognized for their public service, they quickly became aware of the anti-immigration attitudes within the letter and came together to craft a response.
Tuesday night the Española City Council unanimously adopted a new anti-profiling policy for its police department. The new policy reinforces a 2009 state law that prohibits discrimination, but goes further by saying that officers are not to ask about immigration status.
But the new policy also opens up the politically sensitive issue around undocumented immigration and the label of “Sanctuary City” (A City with policies to not prosecute undocumented immigrants).