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LWV Minnesota Statement on the President's Discriminatory Comment

League of Women Voters Minnesota president Terry Kalil has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's recent discriminatory comments:

"President Trump's racist comments about people fleeing genocide, hunger and natural disasters are repugnant and demonstrate a lack of understanding and empathy for those most in need of America’s assistance. That our President would have so little compassion for the suffering of others is not representative of the American people’s views. The League of Women Voters Minnesota remains steadfast in its advocacy on behalf of Dreamers, newly-landed immigrants, and all people seeking refuge in our rich country."

"Racism like the words that made headlines worldwide yesterday must be disavowed by all who value our great country. Together we must rise up to extend a helping hand wherever people most need our help. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” remains a fundamental American value. Today we must all rise up to reinforce those words through our own actions."

 

Leauge of Women Voters of the United States president Chris Carson made the following statement

“We are appalled and disgusted by President Trump’s racist statement yesterday. Language and ideals like this have no place in our society, and certainly not in our White House.

“This administration has done little but implement policies that endorse discrimination against immigrants and communities of color. As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity, and that we have crude and bigoted slurs emerging from the Oval Office is shameful. 

"This, now denied, comment from President Trump occurred during a meeting around a bipartisan compromise to extend protections on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); a policy the administration called an end for last year. The League of Women Voters urges our leaders to pass a clean DREAM Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children. We support the Dreamers, who are Americans in everything but the name.

“We can and we must do better to be vigilant about speaking out against racism. We must stand up as a nation and say this is unacceptable.”