With his first presidential pardon, President Trump disgracefully pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who notoriously targeted and profiled communities of color in Arizona. Those same communities mounted and won a campaign to oust Arpaio from his position as Sheriff. They sought justice, with the law on their side, and ended Arpaio’s reign.
We call on our political leaders to denounce Trump’s actions and stand on the right side of history.
Since the launch of Trump’s campaign he has shown us who he is through his hateful rhetoric demeaning people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and countless others. This week he took it even further through his ban of transgender individuals in the military and his pardon of Arpaio, which for our communities mean one thing: Trump has used the presidential bully pulpit to pardon white supremacy, racism and bigotry.
Our families want freedom and they deserve to feel safe and be together. Trump’s Administration lacks the decency and the leadership to uphold these values. We call on our political leaders to denounce Trump’s actions and stand on the right side of history.
Sameera Hafiz, Advocacy Director for the We Belong Together. We Belong Together is a campaign led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to mobilize women in support of immigration policies that keep families together and empower women. To learn more about the campaign, visit webelongtogether.org.
By Sameera Hafiz