Immigrant youth are in solidarity with Reps. Omar and Tlaib amidst Trump’s racist attempt to get them barred from Israel.
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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Israel announced it would bar entry to two democratic Congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). This comes after Trump urged the Israeli Prime Minister to deny them entry, and tweeted that they “hate Israel and all Jewish people.” Today, after being granted permission on humanitarian purposes to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, Rep. Tlaib made the difficult decision not to travel to the West Bank.
Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, said:
“Israel shouldn’t enable Trump’s racist attacks on Black and brown women in the United States. Working to get Israel to bar entry to Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib is yet another example of Trump’s efforts to intimidate people who look like us – and the international community should be condemning this, not enabling it.
Ever since Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib came to Congress, Trump has attacked them at every turn. Earlier this summer he tweeted that Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib needed to “go back” to their countries, despite being U.S. citizens. Then he stood by while his supporters chanted “send her back,” about Rep. Omar. Now, Rep. Tlaib was forced to choose between visiting her 90-year-old grandmother, and silencing her voice. All a result of Trump’s racism and bigotry.
Aside from being racist, Trump’s incendiary comments are deadly. We saw this in El Paso earlier this month when a white supremacist, fueled by Trump’s racist rhetoric targeted Latinx people, killed 22 people and injured countless others.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.