Trump Uses SOTU Guests to Push Bigoted, Misleading, Anti-Immigrant Falsehoods
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced today that President Trump has once again invited families who lost a loved one in a crime committed by an immigrant to be his guests at the State of the Union. These guests are a part of his anti-immigrant campaign, despite statistics that immigrants are more law abiding and less violent than native-born individuals. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who invited a Dreamer to be her guest to the State of the Union, released the following statement:
“Manipulative. Exploitative. Bigoted. Misleading. These are just a few of the words I have to describe President Trump’s use of grieving families at tonight’s State of the Union. It is a fact that immigrants are more law abiding and less violent than native-born individuals, and are more likely to be victims of gangs like MS-13 who particularly terrorize immigrant communities. But Trump instead chooses to hold up tragic exceptions as a norm in an attempt to create fear and mistrust of immigrants. That’s because, despite his claims, Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda is not driven by safety or economics (economists agree that immigration improves our economy in the long term). It’s driven by white nationalism.
“His goal is persecution. His motivation is bigotry. His methods are lies.”