Rep. Tlaib: U.S. Has Lost Its Way of Welcoming Refugees

Jun 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib release the following statement recognizing World Refugee Day:

“As we observe and recognize World Refugee Day, we must reflect on where we are as a country on being a welcoming and inviting place for those escaping violence, persecution, and inhumane conditions in their home countries. I have the honor of being raised in and now representing a community that has a track record of being a welcoming place for refugees. Detroit and its surrounding communities have been enriched by the refugee community that has found safety and security, truly a home away from home.

“The way we treat those attempting to come to the United States for refuge speaks to our moral compass. Right now, that compass is pointing to a dark place. A dark place that we will look back in sorrow if we do not change our ways. The Trump Administration continues to demonize those who want to come to the U.S. for safety. The beacon of hope that once shined across the globe has been darkened due to hateful policies. We cannot stand by and let the pages of our history books be written with words that describe bigotry, dehumanization, and the closing of the doors of a country that is supposed to be welcoming of everyone.

“Refugees make this country stronger. I have the pleasure of serving with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a refugee who brings a perspective to the United States Congress that no one else can. Our communities are better when we are welcoming. It is time to show the world that everyone is welcomed here.”


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