Dear Colleague on Resolution Responding to President Trump’s Xenophobic Statements
JULY 15, 2019
Dear Democratic Colleague,
On Sunday, it was a sign to us that the Catholic Gospel reading was that of the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy. Trump’s ICE raids this weekend are the opposite of mercy. We have been monitoring these raids closely insisting that #FamiliesBelongTogether and that everyone #KnowYourRights.
This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress. As I wrote on Twitter yesterday, I reject the President’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him. Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks.
The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets. Please join us in supporting a forthcoming resolution sponsored by Congressman Tom Malinowski, who was born abroad, and Congressman Jamie Raskin, along with other Democratic Members born abroad referencing President Ronald Reagan’s last speech as President in which he said, “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 frontier… If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”
Unfortunately, this morning, the Trump Administration announced they will seek to undermine our nation’s asylum laws. This cruel and anti-immigrant Administration is overreaching and stacking the deck against asylum seekers by limiting their rights to due process under our laws. This is simply not who we are as a country. Instead, we should be working in a bipartisan way for comprehensive immigration reform to protect our values as we protect our borders.
This week, our Committees will be reporting out new legislation to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our southern border by providing for humane treatment of asylum-seekers and holding the Administration accountable for its failures. Hopefully, our House Republican colleagues will join us in supporting this critical legislation to help the children at the border.
Thank you for your leadership.
Speaker Pelosi begins with a noting that her Catholic reading was the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Her interpretation is it is “where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy. “ It is interesting to note that she doesn’t mention God. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27).
The Left doesn’t hold God in any esteem, and makes a conscious effort to erase Him.
In a future post we will explore the biblical concept of Strangers and Gentiles. To determine what the Biblical view of immigrants is.
“Trump’s ICE raids this weekend are the opposite of mercy. We have been monitoring these raids closely insisting that #FamiliesBelongTogether and that everyone #KnowYourRights.”
Pelosi has no explanation how the ICE Raids are the opposite of mercy. She is alluding that they will break up families. However, she fails to acknowledge that the Raids were conducted against people (“mostly criminals” according to President Trump) who received court orders to voluntarily leave the United States. Some people have reported that they did not not that they had been ordered to leave the United States. Yet I was unaware that ignorance of a court order against you was grounds to ignore said court order. I would be interested to see the percentage of criminals who are here illegally and were deported VS those who had committed no other crime, except that of 8 U.S. Code § 1325 (Improper Entry by Alien).
“the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress. As I wrote on Twitter yesterday, I reject the President’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation.”
Pelosi states that the President has used disgraceful language. What’s odd is she didn’t condemn Megan Rapinoe for her foul language about “not going to F$%#ing White House.” Instead she invited Megan and the team to the US Capitol on July 8, 2019.
As for xenophobic remarks, Pelosi failed to address Ilhan Omar’s xenophobic remarks when Omar declared ” It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” Stereotyping that Jews can buy influence. Nor did she condemn Omar for her comments when she said: “It is that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States. I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,”
Lastly Pelosi has not condemned the conference held by: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib (The Squad)
“This is a President who has openly violated the very values our country appears to uphold: equality under the law, religious liberty, equal protection, and protection from persecution,” Omar said when she took the mic. “And to distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color. This is the agenda of white nationalist[s], whether it is happening in chat rooms, or it is happening on national TV, and now it has reached the White House garden.”
Omar’s remarks suggest that across social media platforms, on national TV and in the White House Garden. Sadly the fact is that conservatives not liberals or leftist experience the most censorship on social media. As for national TV. The mainstream media (MSM) consistently reports on stories that are negative to Trump and Republicans while being positive toward Democrats. As for the White House garden. Either Omar is referring to the location where President Trump made his speech, or is referring to the spat between Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Playboy writer Brian Karem. Where Karem insulted those in attendance then threatened to beat up Dr. Gorka when he said “Come over here brother. We can go outside and have a long conversation.”
” The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. “
Which comments is Pelosi referring to? Is it Trump’s response to anti-American rhetoric spewed by the Squad? Is it’s Trump’s comments about “How if you don’t like it here you can leave?” or is it Trump saying that he will deport those in the country illegally. No I think Pelosi is being more insidious than this. She is trying to first establish that Trump sees no difference between those who came here legally and those who did not. Next she is alluding to the lie that Trump said “all Mexican’s are rapists.”
Wouldn’t the fact that Trump is married to First Lady Melania Trump prove that he does hold positive views toward those who come here legally? Yet some will no doubt say it does not because Melania is white or because she was born in Slovenia, which was once part of the Soviet block, proves that she is a Russian agent.
” 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 frontier… If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”
Next Pelosi bring up President Ronald Reagan’s Remarks at the Presentation Ceremony for the Presidential Medal of Freedom on January 19, 1989.
Since Pelosi hold’s this speech up as a shining example of the greatness of a President. Let’s explore other parts of this same speech. Surely the other wisdom expressed should be heeded and followed as well:
- the recipients of this award has been to stand with the flesh and blood and spirit that is the greatness of America
- And there’s nothing so precious and irreplaceable as America’s freedom. In a speech I gave 25 years ago, I told a story that I think bears repeating. Two friends of mine were talking to a refugee from Communist Cuba. He had escaped from Castro, and as he told the story of his horrible experiences, one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.”
- If we fail, liberty no longer continues an inhabitant of this globe.” Well, we didn’t fail. And still, we must not fail. For freedom is not the property of one generation; it’s the obligation of this and every generation. It’s our duty to protect it and expand it and pass it undiminished to those still unborn.
- It is bold men and women, yearning for freedom and opportunity, who leave their homelands and come to a new country to start their lives over. They believe in the American dream. And over and over, they make it come true for themselves, for their children, and for others. They give more than they receive. They labor and succeed. And often they are entrepreneurs. But their greatest contribution is more than economic, because they understand in a special way how glorious it is to be an American. They renew our pride and gratitude in the United States of America, the greatest, freest nation in the world — the last, best hope of man on Earth.
President Reagan believed in the greatness of America. That is was great because of sacrifice of those who fought and bled for America’s freedom and liberty. He believed in the rights of the unborn, and he believed that immigrants would come here and give more than they receive and that they would embrace America and work toward achieving the “American Dream.” Not fundamentally attempting to transform the United States.
In a future post we will explore some wonderful quotes by President Reagan to shed some light on how he saw this great country.
“This cruel and anti-immigrant Administration is overreaching and stacking the deck against asylum seekers by limiting their rights to due process under our laws. “
Pelosi is no doubt referencing the change to “Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications, “Migrants who pass through another country first must seek asylum there rather than at the U.S. border, where they will be ineligible to do so.”
Because the vast majority of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border come from Central America, they must pass through Mexico, and in some cases Guatemala, first. Since the United States has made deals with these countries to take in refugees/asylum seekers.
Or perhaps Pelosi is referencing the ICE Raids which were discussed earlier.
” urgent humanitarian situation at our southern border “
It is interesting to note that Democrats didn’t see the border was a humanitarian crisis when Trump said it was in February. It is interesting that now that deaths and drug seizures at the border now elicit a response from the Democrats, and the MSM is silent on why they and Democrats declared the issue at the border a “fake crisis.”