Rep. Gutiérrez Statement On New Trump Restrictions On Immigrants In The U.S. Legally
Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacting to news that the Trump Administration is severely restricting the ability of legal immigrants to fully integrate into our society and apply for citizenship.
I see the Trump Administration’s hostility towards immigrants as part of a strategy of mass distraction to keep the focus on fomenting outrage directed at Latinos while keeping the focus off of the corruption and graft that are gripping the White House and the GOP.
From the first day of the Trump campaign, the message has been that immigrants are a danger and a drain. Trump wants you to think Latinos and immigrants are rapists and murderers, they vote illegally against him, they are lazy and at the same time are stealing American jobs. Today he’s selling the lie that immigrants weaken the U.S. economy when exactly the opposite is true.
Hey, if I were Donald Trump I would want to talk about anything other than the indictments and Russian collusion, the tax-cuts to billionaires, and his taking health care away from American families. The fact is that the Donald Trump-led Republican Party is now the party opposed to legal immigration and allowing those here legally to ever fully integrate and apply for citizenship.
Stephen Miller’s target has always been legal immigration, cutting refugee admissions, ending TPS, ending DACA, and restricting the ability of legal immigrants to fully assimilate and apply for citizenship. President Trump would obviously rather follow Miller’s agenda than confront the reality of Mueller’s investigation.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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