It’s Déjà Vu. Republicans Shutdown Government Over Wasteful Border Wall.

It’s Déjà Vu. Republicans Shutdown Government Over Wasteful Border Wall.

WASHINGTON, DC— On the brink of a federal government shutdown by Trump and the Republican Party, Dorian Warren, president of Community Change Action, and Kica Matos, director of immigrant rights and racial justice at Community Change Action and spokeswoman for FIRM Action, issued the joint statement below:

“Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress are solely responsible for tonight’s government shutdown. Determined to make America white again, they are willing to hold millions of lives hostage, during the holiday season, over funding for a wasteful and dangerous border wall. It’s déjà vu.

This shutdown, like the last, is about Trump’s extremism and his willingness to drag our country back to a pre-civil rights era. For almost two years, immigrant and refugee communities have had to overcome vile attacks that seek to dehumanize them and tear them away from their families. After voters soundly rejected Trump’s white nationalist agenda in November, Congressional Republicans stuck their heads in the sand and ignored the will of the people. Today and every day, we reject any more funding for DHS and we call for Democratic leaders to continue to stand strong against hate.”


Community Change Action is a national social justice organization that builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that impact their lives.

The FIRM Action network is the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in 23 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter @FIRM_Action.


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