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President Trump reveals the small-minded beliefs behind his immigration agenda, again

If you’ve already thrown your neck out shaking your head at the cavalcade of divisive vitriol emanating from the Trump administration, it’s probably best to stop reading now.

Multiple outlets are reporting that, during an Oval Office meeting on immigration, the President wondered aloud “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here.” The disgusting remark was made in reference to people from Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations that seek Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to work and reside in the United States because of natural disasters or other dangers in their home countries.

While you may have already heard about the President’s disrespectful comment, many people do not fully realize the importance of TPS to North Carolina. There are over 13,000 TPS holders in North Carolina, many of whom have American-citizen children, own homes, and have become deeply integrated into the social fabric of our state. Ending TPS could cost North Carolina’s economy over $570 million annually, break up families, and undermine communities across the state.

Sadly, this kind of invective is nothing new from a President who stokes racial hatred like it’s his favorite party game. It’s particularly easy in this case to see how the President’s uncharitable attitudes translate into policy decisions that hurt people that don’t fit his definition of what makes America great. It was only a few days ago that the Trump Administration decided to end TPS for people from El Salvador, thereby putting thousands of lives at risk and ignoring Salvadorans’ many contributions to our nation and our economy.

If you are fed up with shameful attacks on immigrants and their families, please respond to this action alert and tell our leaders in Washington DC to enact rational and humane immigration policy.

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