What’s in the House resolution to condemn Trump’s racist tweets?
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives plans to vote later Tuesday on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racist tweets telling four progressive freshmen lawmakers to “go back” to other countries.
Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., who was born in Poland before immigrating to the United States, introduced the resolution on July 15. In the debate over the resolution on the House floor.
Trump has urged Republicans not to vote for the resolution, calling it a “Democrat con game.”
“The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game,” Trump tweeted. “Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap.”
The resolution uses quotations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, as well as Benjamin Franklin, among other famous American historical figures, to condemn Trump’s tweets.
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Here’s what’s in H.Res. 489 “Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress”:
A quote from a Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention said, “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”;
Quotes from former presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy
Speaking to the Daughters of the Revolution Convention in 1938, Roosevelt said, “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
The resolution notes that Kennedy’s family originally immigrated from Ireland and quotes Kennedy’s 1958 book “A Nation of Immigrants.” where Kennedy wrote,
“The contribution of immigrants 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 enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”
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Quotes from Ronald Reagan’s last speech as president
In Reagan’s last speech as president, he alluded to the “strength” America draws from “every corner of the world.”
“One of the most important sources of America’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… 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”
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‘Legitimized fear and hatred’
The resolution argues that “President Donald Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
What the resolution does
The resolution says the House of Representatives:
- “Believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations”
- “Is committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin”
- “Strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color”
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