President Scapegoats Immigrants, Fails Our Nation's Values

January 31, 2018

The following is the response of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to last night's State of the Union address:

Rather than bring our nation together behind sensible, compassionate solutions to our broken immigration system, the President doubled down on his attacks on immigrants, smearing all newcomers, misrepresenting the family-based system at the heart of our immigration laws, attacking the diversity program that offers hope to thousands of aspiring Americans, and holding hostage the 700,000 younger immigrants who face losing their DACA protection due to his actions.  We can do much better as a country.  It's time for Congress and the White House to unite behind bipartisan solutions, including a clean DREAM Act and a permanent solution for the hundreds of ?thousands of immigrants who are losing their Temporary Protected Status, and not the wasteful, unpopular border wall or the senseless gutting of family and diversity visas.  ICIRR and our leaders and allies will keep pushing our members of Congress until we finally win the protections and policies that our families and communities need and deserve.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit