CPEHN Rejects Trump’s Scapegoating of Immigrants, Committed to Fight Injustices
Yesterday, President Trump issued a pair of Executive Orders to further militarize our southern border and scapegoat immigrant communities. Refusing refugees, further villainizing immigrants, and building a wall serves no purpose but to sow fear, distrust, and hate.
CPEHN was founded a generation ago on a then audacious idea: that ethnic communities could come together with a unified agenda to fight against injustices. Again, we now lean our values and ideals to denounce Trump’s actions.
We embrace and defend immigrants in our communities because immigrants built our communities. We value the dignity and contributions of every person, regardless of their race, gender or religious background. And we reject these orders as discriminatory attacks against immigrants and communities of color. There are limits to the powers of the presidency. Along with our legislative leaders and legal allies, we will not hesitate to remind this Administration of the fundamental principles by which we govern an inclusive and equitable society.
CPEHN is focused and ready to resist. We remain rooted in our solidarity with all communities of color and committed as ever to advocating for social and racial justice.
On Tuesday, Congressional Senate Republicans started the process to take away health care coverage from millions of Californians. This action could result in the loss of coverage for primary care, mental health, and prevention screenings for many. The Congressional proposal focuses on reducing all or most funds for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While specifics are not yet available, this process poses broader threats to the stability of health care for all.
“We have glimpsed the future with better health for our communities and we refuse to roll back progress. Millions of families will be forced to make tough decisions about their health and well-being if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, especially without a replacement,” said Sarah de Guia, Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.