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Thursday, January 11, 2018

CAPAC Chair Statement on Trump’s Racist Comments Targeting Immigrants from Africa and Central America

CAPAC Chair Statement on Trump’s Racist Comments Targeting Immigrants from Africa and Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s comments regarding immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries:

“I am appalled by Donald Trump’s blatantly racist comments targeting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries while saying that we should accept more immigrants from countries like Norway instead. These demeaning views regarding the Diversity Visa Program – coupled with Trump’s incessant attacks on our family-based immigration system and failure to protect our nation’s Dreamers – have made it clear that this president truly believes the only good immigrants are white immigrants.

“The future of our nation’s immigration policy should not be dictated by Donald Trump’s personal prejudice and intolerance. America has always drawn strength from its diversity, and our nation has been enriched by the contributions of immigrants from all over the globe.

“It is shameful that this sort of hatred and bigotry was injected into bipartisan negotiations to protect Dreamers. The President’s dangerous and divisive remarks are reprehensible, and must be strongly condemned by all members of Congress.”