Gutiérrez: President Should Stop Lying About Diversity Visas & Exploiting Murder For His Policy Goals
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement today in response to President Trump’s attacks on the Diversity Visa Program and Senator Chuck Schumer’s alleged role in creating the program. After the murder of eight people in New York, two of whom were Americans, by a terrorist from Uzbekistan, the President claimed that the Diversity Visa program that grants 50,000 green cards (Lawful Permanent Resident status) per year was to blame for the attack and that Senator Schumer’s support for the program was singled out for blame. The following is a statement from Rep. Gutiérrez who is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The President should stop lying about immigration and trying to use the senseless murder of eight people to advance his policy goal of eliminating categories of legal immigration. Our nation is in mourning and the victims of this terrorist attack should be respected, but the President cannot help himself and feels compelled to lie about everything he sees and turn everything into politics.
We know President Trump wants to end the program because the majority of the people who come to America on Diversity visas are from sub-Saharan Africa and it has always been on the hit list of the anti-immigration movement. Now that Trump, for all intents and purposes, is the head of the anti-immigration movement in the United States, of course he is going to attack the Diversity Visa Program and any other legal immigration he can restrict from the developing world.
I will stand with the Congressional Black Caucus; I will stand with the CHC and others on the Hill who have been staunch defenders of the Diversity Program. Making visas available to people from countries that do not already have substantial Diaspora populations in the U.S. makes us a better country. Most Americans other than the President understand that diversity is a strength—one of the unique aspects of immigration to America that makes us stronger and more prosperous as a nation. I will join with allies to defend the Diversity Visa Program from the President’s politically motivated attacks.
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