February 28, 2019
Greetings El Paso County,
As president, and on behalf of the El Paso Branch #6175 of the NAACP, I wish to express our position on the border wall and immigration principles proposed by the Trump administration.
In the face of this present cruelty, the El Paso NAACP, refuses to agonize and instead continue to partner with LULAC and other civil rights organizations to denounce this policy.
Racism and discrimination have no place in a free and healthy society. We defend the dreamers and the thousands of hard-working individuals who have been, and continue to be, negatively impacted by the ending of DACA, many who are members of the NAACP.
In 1989 after President Ronald Reagan urged Mikhail Gorbachev, to “Tear down this wall,” the whole world celebrated the joining of east and west Germany. Thousands of lives were connected because of the courage of those two great leaders who saw a vision of unity over and above separation and division.
This issue of the border wall and immigration has become highly politicized and of course is very complex. The El Paso Branch of the NAACP, encourages the Trump administration with a resounding “Don’t build that wall, Mr. Trump!” to build bridges instead of walls; peace instead of disunity.
Our goal is to continue to stand with the least, the lost, and the disenfranchised, as we continue on our journey of a thousand miles
Mr. Michael E. Grady
President, NAACP El Paso Branch #6175
It is not a criminal offense for an immigrant to be in the United States illegally, it is a civil violation. Civil violations by definition involve violations of administrative matters (e.g. not paying your bills), whereas criminal offenses are violations of laws prohibiting certain conduct (e.g. laws against theft or physical violence).
Immigrants contribute to the U.S Economy by paying taxes and Social Security. According to studies, immigrants generate an average of $80,000 more revenue than they cost the public in terms of the state, federal, and local benefits they receive over their lifetimes.
Immigrants positively impact the U.S. economy and particularly the salaries of U.S. citizens. According to a 2007 report of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, immigrants’ skill sets tend to compliment the skills of those born in America, not compete with them, which increases productivity and income. An earlier study by the National Research Council estimated an annual wage gain for U.S. workers of $10 billion per year due to immigration.