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Donald Trump told U.S.-born congressional Reps. to ‘go back’ to their home countries. Florida’s response?

We asked the four Florida congressional representatives who are immigrants or the children of immigrants for their thoughts on the president’s comments.
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Panama City Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Published Jul. 14
Updated Jul. 16

President Trump on Sunday tweeted that four first-term Congressional Democrats should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Three of those representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, were born in the United States. A fourth, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, emigrated to the United States from Somalia.

All four representatives targeted by the president’s tweets are U.S. citizens, and they’re all women of color. Trump’s tweets have renewed concerns about the president’s history of xenophobic and anti-immigrant comments.

“What a vile, xenophobic attack,” tweeted Lois Frankel, D-21. “The President is blatantly attacking sitting Members of Congress with racist nonsense.”

We asked the offices of Florida’s four congressional representatives who are immigrants or the children of immigrants what the elected officials made of President Trump’s comments. We used this breakdown from the Pew Research Center to determine the national origin of the representatives and/or their parents.

Here’s what the elected officials, two Republicans and two Democrats, had to say:

Stephanie Murphy, D-07, Emigrated from Vietnam

“America is a nation that is not defined by a single race, color, or creed. As an immigrant, I love this country as much as any other U.S. born citizen, and that’s why I chose to serve.”

Mario Diaz-Balart, R-25, Child of Cuban immigrants

No response.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-26, Emigrated from Ecuador

Sen. Marco Rubio, Child of Cuban immigrants

Rubio gave his thoughts to the Times/Herald here.

Should they respond, this story will be updated with answers from the congressional representatives asked to comment.


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