(Washington, D.C. - January 24, 2018) -- Members of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP)
, a first-of-its-kind program housed at Transgender Law Center and made possible by a Open Societies Foundation Fellowship, released the following statement today in advance of BLMP's second national gathering in D.C. on Thursday. Statement from BLMP steering committee members Nolizwe Nondabula, Ola Osaze, and Rose Berry: On January 11, 2018 the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, was quoted saying: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" while referring to Haiti, African nations and El Salvador.
Since, the country has erupted in debate over whether or not the president of the most powerful nation in the world is in fact racist. The answer is undoubtedly and resoundingly yes. However, for us at the Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project and the myriad communities we represent, that is not the final conclusion that should be drawn from this current moment of high political tension. The fact is the U.S. has a fiscal, moral, and ethical responsibility to provide refuge for migrants, particularly those who are Black, Brown or poor, given the centuries of intentional harm it has done to our communities across the globe.