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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the John Kelly’s Immigration Remarks

May 11, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) –Congressman Sires released the following statement in response to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments on immigrants:

“John Kelly’s prejudiced views on certain groups of immigrants is yet another reminder of the Administration’s disdain for people who come from different backgrounds.  The idea that someone who wasn’t presented with the opportunity to go to school or learn English can’t contribute to our society is false. Immigrants have been giving back to our country since before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  They serve in Congress, teach our children, save our lives, and give their own for the country they call home.

When my family fled the Castro regime in Cuba, we came to America because of the freedom and hope it represented. My mother and father came with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their 4th and 5th grade educations. They worked hard, bought a home, raised three children, and gave me the chance at a better life. It is their sacrifice and hard work that allowed me to become the Congressional representative for the 8th District of New Jersey. Just because we spoke Spanish and came from a place of oppression doesn’t make us any less worthy of the American Dream.  America was built by people’s hard work and perseverance, not their resumes.”