LUPE Votes denounces Biden for promoting anti-immigrant hate speech during State of the Union

March 8, 2024

March 8, 2024
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President Biden’s use of “illegal immigrant” and promoting the widely criticized bipartisan anti-immigrant legislation during the State of the Union signals abandonment of campaign promises and dismissal of border advocates.

In response to President Biden’s State of the Union speech in which he used anti-immigrant hate speech and promoted the unpopular bipartisan immigration legislation, Dani Marrero Hi, deputy director of LUPE Votes, said:

“We are shocked and offended at President Biden using the slur ‘illegal immigrant’ during this speech, followed by him taking the side of Republican extremists and suggesting that immigrants are dangerous. This rhetoric is a complete abandonment of Biden’s early approach as president to protect immigrant families and pledge to combat Trump’s xenophobic and violent rhetoric.

What is actually dangerous is the Biden administration and Republicans continuing to promote failing immigration policies that emphasize detention, deportation, deterrence and military tactics over upholding human and civil rights to protect people seeking safety at our nation’s doorstep. Every day, we see families separated due to detention and deportations, asylum-seekers stripped of their human rights, and the death toll rising for people who die trying to find safety at our border. President Biden should not follow the lead of Republican extremists in an attempt to score cheap political points when there are lives on the line of people who are immigrants and seeking asylum. We demand immediate permanent protections for all immigrants and asylum-seekers.”


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