On Monday, June 27, 2016, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England stood in solidarity with the immigrant communities in Connecticut and across the country in a rally coordinated by the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, because we believe that the ability to stay together – in the same country, as a family – is an integral part of what it means to have a healthy and complete life.
The Supreme Court’s devastating failure to reach a decision on this historic case last week has left uncertain the fate of 5 million eligible immigrants and their families, who currently reside in the United States and, at least for now, eliminates the opportunity to work and live without fear of deportation. This is the same fear that also keeps too many from seeking the lifesaving care they need, and no one’s health should be compromised because of their immigration status.
It is also important to note that the lack of a decision from the Supreme Court only reinforces the racism and xenophobia that violently and systematically hurts immigrants every single day. Targeting women and children is also a form of reproductive oppression, and – as a women’s health advocate – we demand an end to deportations now. Women and children fleeing violence in their home countries should not be the target of fear, intimidation and violence in the United States.We urge officials to protect the rights of immigrant communities in Connecticut and work to ensure that families stay together. We are also hopeful that after the Supreme Court vacancy has been filled, this issue will return to and be decided by a full court to finally lift this unnecessary block on immigration policies.
Immigrants are our neighbors and our friends. We will continue to fight in solidarity with them so that everyone lives an empowered life — no matter what.
The author is the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy at PPVotes!CT.