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CHC Chair Reaction to WH Chief of Staff Comments Regarding Immigrants and Immigration

May 11, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement on President Trump's chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly’s disparaging comments regarding immigrants and immigration during an interview with NPR:
 
“The Chief of Staff’s bigoted comments about immigrants seeking refuge are a slap in the face to the generations of people who have come from foreign lands to contribute to the richness of our nation. I would like to remind General Kelly that the intolerant and ignorant ideas he espoused from the White House are exactly the same comments and attitudes that were prevalent against all of our families. It wasn’t right then, and it isn’t right now. Our country is better than this.
 
“It is sad that we have to continue to remind this Administration that immigrants founded this country and have fought and died in every war in American history.  Some arrived penniless and without an education but worked to find ways to prosper, revitalize communities and give back to the nation they love. It is the stories of immigrants that give life to and renew the American Dream. His comments about immigrants and immigration policy betray this history and our values.”
 
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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.