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Earlier tonight, President Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign fueled by a false sense of success. As a humanitarian crisis rages on our southern border, created and compounded by the failed policies of Trump and his administration, Trump reached out to those few who already support him with promises of further destructive and dehumanizing policies targeting immigrants and immigrant families. With threats of mass deportations, family separations, chaos and more inhumanity, it seems Trump will go barreling down the same path of hate and xenophobia that cost Republicans the House in the 2018 midterms.
As Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, said today in an op-ed for USA Today, “He wants to get voters focused on blaming ‘the other’ so he can keep them from focusing on kitchen-table issues — health care, retirement security, fair wages and more — that favor Democrats. He lines the pockets of his super wealthy friends, picks the pockets of ordinary Americans, and points the finger at brown and black immigrants. This is nothing less than the strategic use of racism in the service of plutocracy.”
In the face of Trump’s cruelty, the undocumented workers who cleaned his houses, fed his guests, made his wine and tended his hotels, served as a reminder of the hypocrisy of the President as they kicked off their own rally in Orlando. As he rails relentlessly against immigrants, he denies the reality of exploited undocumented workers at his own businesses around the country who are bravely coming forward to reveal the truth. The same workers he exploits and discards stood up to Trump today and demanded immigration reform for the 11 million undocumented immigrants here in the U.S.
Also today, America’s Voice released new radio and digital ads in Florida amplifying just that: Trump’s cruelty, hypocrisy, and abject failure.
According to Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice:
What we saw tonight was the same xenophobic and cruel display we’ve seen in the first two and a half years of Trump’s presidency, and it’s what we’ll continue to see as we get closer to the 2020 elections. While Trump touts his success, children continue to be ripped from their families, migrants seeking refuge are packed into cages, and men, women and children are dying. The fallout of Trump’s immigration policies are laid bare as the humanitarian crisis grows. While the situation gets worse, the Trump administration relies on same, worn deterrence-only policies that create dangerous situations while doing nothing to solve the violence and danger that are driving migrants to flee.
Just last week, President Trump threatened the stability of the American economy by threatening tariffs on Mexico in the hopes of outsourcing his cruelty; today he threatened to deport millions and announced he won’t give any more aid to Central America; and tomorrow he will continue to ignore the desires of the American people for actual solutions that will resolve immigration and refugee issues. The President announced tonight what we now already know about him: he is full steam ahead on his anti-immigrant agenda that sidesteps solutions for chaos, unity for division, and human lives for campaign talking points.