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1/30/2017 Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus decries immigration policy trends in new administration
STATE HOUSE — Leaders of the Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus are disturbed by recent anti-immigration trends in the new presidential administration, and have called for a show of solidarity with those choosing to embrace America by coming here.

“Holding a welcoming hand to newcomers — particularly those who are escaping repressive regimes or who are suffering under the yoke of oppressive poverty — is more than just a hallmark of American culture,” said Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls), co-chairwoman of the caucus, “it’s woven into the very fabric of this nation. The Black and Latino Caucus has a unique perspective because many of us are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, just as all of us are ultimately the children of immigrants. We must always remember that when considering the plight of those who are coming here because they love freedom and love America.”

The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus joins other groups that have condemned recent executive orders regarding immigration policy, including the California Latino Legislative Caucus, and New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.

“It’s deeply disturbing that these executive orders came so quickly and so unilaterally,” said Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket), co-chairman of the caucus. “These proposals are regressive and an obstacle to the inclusion and unity we are all hoping to achieve with our immigrant communities.”

The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus (RILBLC) represents and advocates for the interests of disadvantaged people throughout the State of Rhode Island. It seeks to increase a diverse participation and representation in all levels of government. The ultimate goal is to close (and ultimately, to eliminate) disparities that still exist between White and Non-White Americans in every aspect of life.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903