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DeLauro Statement On Anniversary Rally For Nelson Pinos

November 30, 2018
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT (November 30, 2018) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of New Haven resident Nelson Pinos seeking sanctuary at the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church.

“We are a nation of immigrants, not cruelty. Yet the emotional burden the Trump administration has placed on Nelson Pinos and his family over the last year is the height of cruelty, and does nothing to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. President Trump often says his administration targets dangerous criminals and felons. Mr. Pinos is neither. He is a New Haven resident and father of three who has contributed to our community for decades: working hard, paying his taxes, taking care of his wife and three children, and has no criminal record. He deserves to stay here in the United States.”

“Where are our values? It is inhumane to force people into hiding like this. Instead of deporting productive members of our community who have lived here for decades, we should be working on comprehensive immigration reform that secures our border, protects Americans workers, and, crucially, creates a path to citizenship for the law-abiding.”