Editor’s Note: Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement in reaction to news that Donald Trump attacked immigration from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
As an American, I am ashamed of the President. His comments are disappointing, unbelievable, but not surprising. We always knew that President Trump doesn’t like people from certain countries or people or certain colors. We can now say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence.
We can now say with 100% confidence that the President is a racist who does not share the values enshrined in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence.
He has embraced racists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis and makes excuses for them. He launched his campaign saying Mexicans are rapists and murderers. He has refused to address the crisis facing the American citizens of Puerto Rico. He has tried several times to bar people of certain religions or nationalities from legal entry to the U.S. He attacks professional sports stars to entertain his base and has boasted about his habit of groping women inappropriately. Now he has spent most of the last six months undocumenting immigrants who have work permits and deep roots in the U.S. by killing DACA and TPS.
This is the real Donald Trump and my biggest fear is that his voters will applaud him.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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