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Rep. Gallego's One-Minute Speech on The Donald Trump Act

July 22, 2015

Mr. Speaker,

What happened in San Francisco was a horrible tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to Kathryn Steinle's family.

As the authorities in San Francisco seek justice for Kate, we should not, however, allow demagogues like Donald Trump to demonize entire communities because of the actions of a single person.

It is disappointing and alarming that the House Republican leadership is following Donald Trump’s lead on immigration.

The bill before the House this week would withhold funds that are meant to enhance public safety, support community policing, and assist crime victims – effectively putting our communities at higher risk. 

Mr. Speaker, this is nothing but an effort to cover for the House Republican leadership’s failure to bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor that would actually fix our broken immigration system.

But like Donald Trump, the House Republican leadership seemingly can’t help themselves when it comes to painting millions of law abiding and hardworking immigrants as nothing but criminals.

Mr. Speaker, the safety of our communities should not be a political pawn. What the House Republican leadership is doing is irresponsible.  Local law enforcement knows how to keep communities safe. Let them do their job.

Thank you.