Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced that they plan to introduce a censure resolution following the MLK holiday next week, in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on American immigration policy regarding Haiti and African countries during a January 11, 2018 meeting with Members of Congress.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Richmond and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Nadler released the following joint statement:
“We were deeply disturbed and offended by President Trump’s remarks regarding Haiti and African countries. The countries he called “shitholes” produce immigrants that are remarkable and make significant contributions to our country. A high percentage of those immigrants have college degrees and when they get here they create businesses and jobs.
These remarks have compelled us to prepare a resolution of censure with our colleagues next week, to condemn President Trump for his racist statements. This censure resolution is important because America is a beacon of hope. We have to show the world that this president does not represent the real feelings of most of the American people which is part of the reason why he lost the popular vote.
“The President’s bigoted fearmongering is not acceptable and his remarks completely warrant total condemnation and censure from Congress. American immigration policy cannot and should not be guided in any way, shape or form by racism.
“We will be asking Republican Leadership to bring our resolution of censure—which we plan to release next week, after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday—up for swift consideration and approval. Congress must speak with one voice in condemning these offensive and anti-American remarks. There is no excuse for it.”