Media Advisory: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Stand up for immigrants and the right to asylum – 7/30/19

For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Michael Eisenberg, Tuesdays With Tillis
Moisés Serrano, Political Director at El Pueblo
Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women

July 30, 2019

Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, NC National Organization for Women, and the Immigration and Refugee Program bring more attention to the constant attacks on immigrants led by the Trump administration.

Raleigh, NC
– The Trump administration is continuing to attack refugee resettlement programs and asylum seekers. We must remind Senator Thom Tillis and President Trump that refugee resettlement and seeking asylum are two separate LEGAL programs that are desperately needed. These programs give refugees and immigrants the opportunity to find safety in this country and their lives should not be used in political football. Our event speakers include migrants and refugees who have been directly affected by policy changes. We raise and highlight their voices so Tillis, our community, and other politicians understand the damage being caused and what is at stake.

What: Rally outside Senator Tillis’s office by his constituents
When: Tuesday, July 30th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh NC 27601
Who: Concerned North Carolinians, and activists from El Pueblo, Tuesdays with Tillis, NC National Organization for Women, and Immigration and Refugee Program
Visuals: Large, diverse crowd; sidewalk march; interesting signs and art; some impacted speakers, music

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/362914857708157/

“The history of targeting and using immigrant communities as a scapegoat is unfortunately not new. We have survived these racists attacks before and we will survive again. However, we take action now because our goal is to bring the tides of change much faster than before. Join us and become a part of the wave of change.” –Moises Serrano, Political Director, El Pueblo.  

In the latest threat, Trump administration officials threaten to dramatically reduce refugee admissions in the next fiscal year to a figure between 3,000 and 10,000, or perhaps, even as low as zero, Politico reported on 7/18/19.

This news came right after the Trump administration fast tracked a sweeping regulation that blocks migrants who pass through another country from seeking asylum in the US, requiring the migrants to ‘apply for protection’ in that nation. The regulation would cut off asylum protections for Central American migrants who travel to the US through Mexico and other countries.

“In this shocking move, the US is imposing the cost of a manufactured border crisis on other countries.” said Gailya Paliga, president of NC National Organization for Women. “What is Senator Tillis going to do to stop this cruel administration from extreme measures like these?”

North Carolinians are not going to stand for it. Our event includes local and national communities mobilizing to support our undocumented neighbors, and people escaping dangerous or even life threatening situations.

We believe only sustained public pressure can make politicians do their jobs and fight these cruel policies.  Press is essential.

Join us on Tuesday, July 30th, at 11:30am, for an hour of education, community and activism.

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