LatinoJustice Rejects the Vilification of the Latino Community for Political Gain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21st, 2018

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, cperez@latinojustice.org, 212-739-7581

Earlier today the White house released a statement that further vilifies the Latino community. This statement was released the week when a forum is being hosted on Long Island to allegedly address gang violence on Long Island. Juan Cartagena, LatinoJustice’s President and General Counsel, issued the following statement in response:

LatinoJustice works every day with the Latino community of Long Island, including many Salvadorans, citizens and noncitizens alike. They all work hard and value their public safety. What they need is an effective and targeted law enforcement approach. What they don’t need is the vilification of an entire country and its American-born descendants with broad, distorted characterizations. Using the term “animal” by this administration, above all others, is fear-mongering at its worst. It comes on the heels of the words rapists, murderers, bad hombres, and immigrants from shithole countries. Can anyone in America really believe this President when he claims to clarify what he said so clearly the day before?

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