Summary: This resolution states that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger and naturalized citizens are just as American as those whose families have been in the United States for generations. It also expresses a commitment to keep America open to those who lawfully seek refuge from violence and oppression and those willing to work hard to achieve the American Dream, regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin.
The resolution strongly condemns as racist the President’s comments about immigrants and those who look to the President like immigrants and states that these have legitimized hatred of new Americans and people of color, including his reference to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders.” Cosponsors (Partisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 7/15/19.
STATUS: Introduced 7/15/19 by Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7].
- On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 240 – 187 (Roll no. 482).
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- The President’s words have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color. At a time when hate crimes, including anti-Semitic attacks and incidents of domestic terrorism, are on the rise, they also increase the risk of violence. In contrast, many of the “whereas” clauses of the resolution are taken from President Ronald Reagan’s final speech as president, in which he extolled the benefits of immigration to the United States. (Source: Rep. Malinowski, Press Release, 7/16/19)