Rep. Susan Davis Leads Local Immigration Advocates in Denouncing Trump’s Immigration Actions
SAN DIEGO - In the face of recent actions against refugees and immigrants by the Trump Administration, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) led local immigration and business advocates in denouncing President Trump’s actions on immigration and emphasized how immigration benefits our country and our economy. At a press conference in San Diego, Davis and the group called for an end to the refugee and Muslim ban, opposed mass deportation, highlighted cross border cooperation, and called for comprehensive and humane immigration reform.
“As the Representative for the second largest refugee community in the country, I am proud that our region is a safe haven for brave individuals who have come looking for a brighter future,” said Rep. Davis. “Like many, I’ve been alarmed to hear President Trump’s rhetoric concerning immigrants. We cannot allow fear and uncertainty to isolate us from the rest of the world.”
Small business owner Roxanne Govari of Roxanne Govari & Team Realty told her story of how she and her mom opened up shops as immigrants.
Norma Chavez Peterson, Executive Director of the ACLU, addressed the unconstitutionality of the refugee and Muslim ban. David Murphy, Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee, explained the extensive vetting process refugees go through to get into the country.
Davis has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban, cosponsoring the SOLVE Act to declare the ban null and void and prohibit the use of any federal funds to enforce it.
A number of experts touted the economic benefits of immigration, including Mark Cafferty, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; Paola Avila, Vice President, International Business Affairs at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Jose Larroque, Co-Chair of the Smart Border Coalition.
Dr. Tom Wong, Assistant Professor at UCSD, highlighted his report on how immigrants are an overall positive influence on the community.