Anti-Immigrant Ad Represents Latest in Racist Attacks Against Families of Aspiring Americans

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 Contact: Victoria Wenger, 202-728-9557, vwenger@advancementproject.org

October 14, 2015                                                                        

 

Anti-Immigrant Ad Represents Latest in Racist Attacks Against Children and Families of Aspiring Americans

This Statement Can Be Attributed to Flavia Jimenez,

Advancement Project Senior Attorney and Director of Voter Protection

WASHINGTON – Aired on CNN during the first presidential primary debate among Democratic candidates, an anti-immigrant organization released an ad attacking hundreds of thousands of U.S.-born children and their families. The Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) ad was despicable and racist. Advancement Project, a national racial justice organization, released the following statement in response:

“Instead of offering substantive policy solutions to create fair pathways to citizenship for aspiring Americans, extremist groups are clogging the airwaves with racist rhetoric, fear mongering and lies,” said Advancement Project Senior Attorney and Director of Voter Protection Flavia Jimenez. “The term ‘anchor babies’ is a racial slur, used to dehumanize hundreds of thousands of innocent children. It should be fiercely condemned when used.

“Groups and candidates who choose to target children as the scapegoats of their backwards political agendas show a complete void of human decency. Their callous attacks undermine our ability to live up to the core American values of freedom and equality for all. These asinine tactics promote hate and exclusion, and this bigotry should be consistently challenged.”

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