Helen Aguirre Ferré, the director of media affairs for the White House, first made headlines related to President Trump when she was tapped to be the Republican National Committee’s Hispanic communications director. Now, she’s explaining why there are no Latinos in Trump’s cabinet and exactly what Trump’s strategy is when it comes to immigration.
Helen Aguirre Ferré wants Americans to know that the lack of Latinos in President Trump’s cabinet is nothing more than picking the best for the job.
— Tomás Manrique Miami (@TManriqueMiami) July 29, 2016
According to an interview Ferré did with Phil Latzman with Phoenix’s KJZZ, Ferré says there is nothing to read into when it comes to Trump’s white cabinet. In fact, Ferré told Latzman that there are more Latinos working in Trump’s administration than we might have noticed.
“There is a senior advisor, Carlos Díaz Rosillo, who’s a senior advisor to the President. He’s very prominent in this administration and he works with interagency affairs. There are a number, there’s going to be 4,000 employees that are going to be a part of this administration,” Ferré told Latzman. “Certainly, you’re going to be seeing very many [Latinos]. We have a Deputy Assistant to Public Liaison Jennifer Sevilla Korn and she’s Hispanic.”
As for his executive orders on the border wall and immigration, she says they are about national security starting with the border.
— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2017
“First of all, border security and building the wall was [sic] part of President Trump’s campaign promise, one of his promises, and he’s fulfilling his promises. So we’re going to have a secure border,” Ferré said in her interview with KJZZ. “And I don’t know of any nation that doesn’t want to have control over their border. It’s every nation’s sovereign right to be able to do so. We have immigration laws that are going to be continued to be enforced.”
Ferré argued that there will not be any changes to current immigration laws, only that the laws currently on the books will be enforced. In doing so, Ferré told Latzman that Border Patrol and border towns and states will be getting more resources to stem illegal immigration.
Ferré says the move to defund sanctuary cities is about strengthening federal law.
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“We all have laws and we are a country where the rule of law stands. If we don’t like the laws, then we work to change the laws, but we begin where it starts and we begin by securing our border and that’s step one,” Ferré told KJZZ about why cities and states shouldn’t be allowed to pick and chose what federal laws they want to follow. “The ones who really have to fear are those who are criminals. Those are the main points. Those who are here undocumented in our country, they’ve always been subject to the risk of being found and deported.”