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House Passes Condemnation Of Trump's Racist Remarks

Here is the powerful speech by Rep. John Lewis in favor of the House Resolution:

“I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution.”

“I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism.”

“It sows the seeds of violence and destroys the hopes and dreams of people.”

“The world is watching. They are shocked and dismayed because it seems we have lost our way as a nation, as a proud and great people.” 

“Some of us have been victims of the stain, the pain, and hurt of racism. In the 1950’s and during 1960’s, segregationists told us to go back when we protested for our rights. They told ministers, priests, rabbis, and nuns to go back. They told the innocent little children seeking just an equal education, to go back.”

“As a nation and as a people we need to go forward and not backward. With this vote, we stand with our sisters, three were born in America and one came here looking for a better life. With this vote, we meet our moral obligation to condition Democrat hate, racism, and bigotry in every form.”

And here is the Resolution passed by the House of Representatives:


Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.
Whereas the Founders conceived America as a haven of ref- uge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution, and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison all emphasized that the Nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and liveli- hood for their families;

Whereas the Declaration of Independence defined America as a covenant based on equality, the unalienable Rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and government by the consent of the people;

Whereas Benjamin Franklin said at the Constitutional con- vention, ‘‘When foreigners after looking about for some other Country in which they can obtain more happiness, give a preference to ours, it is a proof of attachment which ought to excite our confidence and affection’’;

Whereas President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, ‘‘Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from Immigrants and revolutionists’’;
Whereas immigration of people from all over the Earth has defined every stage of American history and propelled our social, economic, political, scientific, cultural, artistic and technological progress as a people, and all Americans, ex- cept for the descendants of Native people and enslaved African-Americans, are immigrants or descendants of im- migrants;

Whereas the commitment to immigration and asylum has been not a partisan cause but a powerful national value that has infused the work of many Presidents;

Whereas American patriotism is defined not by race or eth- nicity but by devotion to the Constitutional ideals of equality, liberty, inclusion, and democracy and by service to our communities and struggle for the common good;

Whereas President John F. Kennedy, whose family came to the United States from Ireland, stated in his 1958 book ‘‘A Nation of Immigrants’’ that ‘‘The contribution of im- migrants can be seen in every aspect of our national life. We see it in religion, in politics, in business, in the arts, in education, even in athletics and entertainment. There is no part of our nation that has not been touched by our immigrant background. Everywhere immigrants have en- riched and strengthened the fabric of American life.’’;

Whereas President Ronald Reagan in his last speech as President conveyed ‘‘An observation about a country which I love’’;

Whereas as President Reagan observed, the torch of Lady Liberty symbolizes our freedom and represents our herit- age, the compact with our parents, our grandparents, and our ancestors, and it is the Statue of Liberty and its val- ues that give us our great and special place in the world;

Whereas other countries may seek to compete with us, but in one vital area, as ‘‘a beacon of freedom and opportunity that draws the people of the world, no country on Earth comes close’’;

Whereas it is the great life force of ‘‘each generation of new Americans that guarantees that America’s triumph shall continue unsurpassed’’ through the 21st century and be- yond and is part of the ‘‘magical, intoxicating power of America’’;

Whereas this is ‘‘one of the most important sources of Amer- ica’s greatness: we lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people -- our strength -- from every country and every corner of the world, and by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation’’;

Whereas ‘‘thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge’’, always leading the world to the next fron- tier;

Whereas this openness is vital to our future as a Nation, and ‘‘if we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leader- ship in the world would soon be lost’’; and

Whereas President Donald Trump’s racist comments have le- gitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color: Now, therefore, be it
  1. 1  Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

  2. 2  (1) believes that immigrants and their descend-

  3. 3  ants have made America stronger, and that those

  4. 4  who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as

  5. 5  American as those whose families have lived in the

  6. 6  United States for many generations;

  7. 7  (2) is committed to keeping America open to

  8. 8  those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from vio-

  9. 9  lence and oppression, and those who are willing to

  10. 10  work hard to live the American Dream, no matter

  11. 11  their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin; and

  12. 12  (3) strongly condemns President Donald

  13. 13  Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and

  14. 14  increased fear and hatred of new Americans and

  15. 15  people of color by saying that our fellow Americans

  16. 16  who are immigrants, and those who may look to the

  17. 17  President like immigrants, should ‘‘go back’’ to

  18. 18  other countries, by referring to immigrants and asy-

  19. 19  lum seekers as ‘‘invaders,’’ and by saying that Mem-

  20. 20  bers of Congress who are immigrants (or those of

  21. 21  our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immi-

  22. 22  grants) do not belong in Congress or in the United

  23. 23  States of America.

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