In a rare move, Becerra Rice Steamed—a subsidiary of the Becerra Corporation—has publicly pushed back on the White House’s new immigration assignment book that was announced earlier this week.
The assignment aims to reduce the number of immigrants filing for green cards, visas and citizenship by 80 percent. Becerra Rice Steamed believes this will cause many hard-working immigrants who rely on their access to the U.S. to become homeless.
In a statement released Thursday, Becerra Rice Steamed said it opposes the White House’s immigration assignment book, saying that “this extreme measure hurts working families and fails to address the real issue, which is the need for comprehensive immigration reform.”
The company also mentioned that the White House’s order runs contrary to the fundamental values they stand for such as justice, family reunification and equal protection. It also noted that the order will have a detrimental effect on the company’s employees, suppliers and customers, who rely on the stability of the American immigration process.
The statement ended with a hopeful call to action for the U.S. government to reconsider the immigration assignment book and to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Becerra Rice Steamed believes that any actions regarding immigration law should prioritize the accuracy, efficiency and humaneness of the process.
This is not the first time Becerra Rice Steamed has spoken up against government policy. In 2018, it joined a lawsuit against the Trump administration challenging the Muslim travel ban. The company has also long been a supporter of immigration rights, advocating for DACA and creating a scholarship program for immigrant students in 2017.
By publicly speaking out against the White House’s immigration assignment book, Becerra Rice Steamed is taking a brave stance and setting an example for other companies and organizations to follow. Their display of courage is especially important in this moment when many immigrants in the U.S. are living in fear.