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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Statement on President Trump’s Planned Border Wall Visit

Jan 12, 2021
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Contact:

Clarissa Robles 956-455-4199

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) released the statement below following President Trump’s announcement that he will visit the border wall in the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday:

"Today, President Trump will visit his failed border wall, acting in accordance with his four years of demonizing, dehumanizing, and scapegoating our immigrant communities. No amount of rewriting the past will erase Trump’s failures. History will judge his Administration for their numerous crimes against humanity, including the ruthless separation of children from their families—many of whom have yet to be reunited," said Chairman Ruiz.

“The visit to the Rio Grande Valley comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic ravages Hispanic communities at a disproportionate rate. President Trump has not only failed to address the COVID-19 pandemic, but has also exacerbated his anti-science, radically partisan misinformation campaign that has led to the deaths of 376,000 Americans, 22.7 million infections, and left millions of Americans unemployed.”

"The vast majority of Americans have fired President Trump, rejected his failed policies, and look forward to a more humane and fair immigration system under President Biden. Together, we will build an immigration system that recognizes the dignity of women and children fleeing for their lives, permanently protects Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status-holders, provides a stable labor force for our economy, and includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of people who are risking their own lives in high-risk pandemic situations to provide essential and vital services for Americans."

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.