Donald Trump’s supporters insist that he, and they, do not hate immigrants. They just want them to come in the legal way. Yet when Trump insisted that four black and brown congresswomen, only one of whom is an immigrant and came to this country legally, to stop criticizing “our” country and to “go back” to where she came from, those same supporters saw no problem with that at all.
AOC: ‘We’re gonna stay right here’
“When the president starts telling American citizens to ‘go back’ to their countries, this tells you that this president’s policy are not about immigration, but ethnicity and racism."https://t.co/3czXZBuZUk
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 20, 2019
At her first town hall meeting in New York, one of the other four congresswomen who Trump told to go back to her own country although she was born in the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), blasted Trump’s immigration policies as being based on “racism and ethnicity.”
According to the New York Daily News:
‘At her first town hall event in Queens since the president’s weeklong bashing of her and three other minority congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — that included a tweet advising they “go back” to the countries they came from — the freshman firebrand vowed, “we’re gonna stay right here.”’
Protesters are blocking the entrance to Fort Sill.
Japanese Americans were detained here in WW2.
Now ICE wants to hold immigrants here.#CloseTheCamps
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) July 20, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez pointed to Trump’s blatantly racist comments on Twitter toward her and her fellow freshman Democratic lawmakers – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-OH), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), as proof that he bases his policies and rhetoric on race. While Trump’s GOP cronies have insisted that his intent was not racist and that the response to it is “overblown,” the slur “go back to your own country” is a long-standing racist trope used over the years to paint black and brown Americans as less than full Americans.
‘All you have to do is hear what the president said this week. It’s not about immigration. When the president starts telling American citizens to ‘go back’ to their countries, this tells you that this president’s policy are not about immigration, but ethnicity and racism.’
.@AOC: "This president's policies are not about immigration, it's about ethnicity and racism … Where are we going to go? We're going to stay right here, that's where we're going to go. We're not going anywhere."
Via The Hill pic.twitter.com/ih4WYdxdoi
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 20, 2019
The proof that Trump’s current immigration policies are based more on race and ethnicity than citizenship status is clear. According to the Migration Policy Institute, white European undocumented immigrants number of 600,000 in the United States today, and somehow, not one sits in a cage right now. Ocasio-Cortez said that her outrage isn’t about what was said about her, but about how Trump has inspired racism and violence against people who look like her and her fellow Democratic lawmakers.
”He’s putting millions of Americans in danger. That’s what the real problem is, it’s not about me, it’s what he’s telling people in this room and rooms across the country.’
In Lawton, OK today with hundreds of Americans calling on our govt to #CloseTheCamps.
Fort Sill, a camp used to forcefully assimilate Native Americans & to intern Japanese Americans during WWII, is now being reopened to cage families from Central America.
We won’t stand for it. pic.twitter.com/l1RgVL5wGl
— Varshini Prakash 🌅 (@VarshPrakash) July 20, 2019