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CHC Chairwoman Statement on Letter to Israeli Ambassador Concerning U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Tweet

Feb 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on a letter sent to the Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, about Israeli Prime Minister using Twitter on Saturday evening to praise President Trump’s executive order authorizing construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border:

“We express our disappointment and deep concern with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement. While Israel and the United States are steadfast partners in many areas, including security cooperation, the current debate within the United States over immigration and border security is beyond the scope of the U.S-Israel security relationship. Indeed, statements like Prime Minister Netanyahu’s tweet are inflammatory and detrimental to U.S.-Mexico relations.

“We note that Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin have since clarified that the Prime Minister’s statement was not intended to refer explicitly to U.S.-Mexico relations. We also note that President Rivlin has since apologized to Mexican President Peña Nieto for this statement.

“Our Caucus membership looks forward to strengthening the important relationship between our two countries and continuing to work with Israel on areas of shared interest going forward."

Full letter here: 

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.

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