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Appalling remark by president does not reflect American values

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Jan 12, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – ­As the Catholic world marks National Migration Week, it is especially appalling that President Trump has so graphically enunciated the contempt he feels for people in struggling nations, said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
 
“I have been to African countries and last fall to Haiti. I know them as places of beauty, hope and promise. I know people from Africa, Latin America and Haiti who are brilliant, kind, funny and hard-working,” Atkinson said. “But even if I had never known people from other lands, I would be saddened and offended by the remarks of the president, as reported by members of Congress in a meeting about an immigration legislation proposal.”
 
“The hateful, disrespect he expressed only confirms the bigoted attitude that undergirds the administration’s inhumane policies – canceling Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan and Nicaragua, ending DACA, barring people from majority Muslim countries.”
 
“The January 5 Gospel reading was from the section of John in which Nathaniel questions Philip about whether Jesus can truly be the Messiah. ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’”
 
“Like the doubting Nathaniel, President Trump is willing to reject people from entire regions based on racist misperceptions,” Atkinson added.

“We call on the president to apologize to the people of all the nations he slandered and to the American people,” Atkinson concluded. “We ask members of Congress and other leaders to denounce these slurs. They do not reflect who we are as Americans.”

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