Sociedad Latina, a youth-oriented organization based on Mission Hill, has issued a statement of strong opposition to the measures that the Trump administration has taken during its first week in office, and encourages solidarity and involvement in civic duties.
The statement comes after executive orders to temporarily bar citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., as well as the administration’s continual commitment to building a wall at the Mexican border.
Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina, said in the email blast that the Trump administration has executed “some of its most xenophobic campaign promises.”
Oliver-Davila said that in upcoming weeks, Sociedad Latina expects additional policies to be made that will target and criminalize Latino and immigrant families across the country.
“Sociedad Latina believes that the United States is, and will continue to be, a country that is guided by charity and hospitality,” Oliver-Davila said. “Our America values all people for what they bring in the form of skills and expertise, and also welcomes those fleeing violence or poverty for a better life.”
The email blast warns readers of anti-immigrant sentiment spreading fear and dividing communities, and implores readers to resist this and work together.
“Looking ahead, I encourage each of you to stay involved in any way that you can, even when you’re ready to give up,” the letter reads. “Boston’s Latino and immigrant youth need to know that there are adults who are committed to protecting their rights. And our city needs to ensure that all of our young people are supported to achieve successful futures.”
Sociedad Latina, which opened in 1968, is a citywide organization that provides services to support needs of youth and families from Boston’s Latino and Mission Hill/Roxbury communities.
Oliver-Davila reiterated that Sociedad Latina will always be a safe place for youth of Boston to be welcomed and celebrated. Young persons affected by the recent changes in immigration policy can confidentially contact Sociedad Latina by email at [email protected] or by phone at 617-442-4299 x107.