“Enough! Congress, Presidential Candidates Must Not Fall Into Trump Immigration Trap Over San Francisco Tragedy”

PHOENIX, AZ – Two weeks ago, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez allegedly shot and killed Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. The Dream Action Coalition issued the following statement on the politics surrounding the tragedy:

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation that would force local police officers to serve as immigration enforcement officers. Such proposals would reverse years of intentional, community-based policing efforts that are vital to public safety in neighborhoods across the country.

Last week’s tragedy highlights an urgency for our elected officials to reform our outdated immigration system. Instead of having a serious policy discussion about ways to prevent these tragedies, however, Republicans like Congressman Grassley and Democrats like Senator Feinstein, our supposed allies, are rushing to introduce misguided legislation and place full blame on San Francisco. It has even been used as a political talking point for Trump and Hillary Clinton.

It is shameful both parties are using this case to add fuel to the flames of depicting our community as “rapists” and “drug traffickers” ignoring that fact that immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born.

We look forward to having a more productive conversation, but in a group of over 11 million, any one person’s story is just one small piece of a very large narrative.

 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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