2019.2.15 - Today, Cynthia Buiza, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, issued the following statement:   

President Trump's declaration must be unequivocally called out for what it is: a disturbing slide into authoritarianism in service of a hate-filled agenda. We applaud California's plans to take the administration to courtover this unconstitutional maneuver.

Moreover, we are also deeply troubled that the deal passed by Congress gives even more funding to Trump's detention and deportation force. This will doubtless fuel yet more grievous abuses of power, tear more families apart, and trap thousands of people of color in a shadowy network of profiteering detention centers. We call upon Congress to cut funding from Trump’s deportation agenda rather than to bolster it.

As we face this troubling political moment, we must resist the administration’s campaign of dehumanization and criminalization by honoring our values of compassion and common humanity.