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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Statement on Trump’s Racist Comments on Haiti and African Nations

January 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s racist and ignorant comments on Haiti and African countries:

As an American, I am ashamed of the comments made by the President. This nation – along with Michigan’s 14th district – was built by immigrants of all races, nationalities, and religions. These hardworking individuals should be welcomed and celebrated, not insulted with ignorant remarks. The President’s comments do not reflect the values of the American people and deserve the strongest condemnation from all sides.

While these comments are racist and shameful, they are unfortunately not surprising. These recent remarks are part of a larger anti-immigrant agenda. It is clear that President Trump would rather do away with the idea of the American dream than provide relief to hard working immigrants who want nothing more than to contribute to this country. The President must take responsibility and apologize for these reprehensible comments and work towards meaningful solutions for DACA and TPS recipients.