KENNEDY ON ST. PADDY'S EVE: TELLS IMMIGRANT FAMILIES "WE DO NOT TAKE YOUR PATRIOTISM FOR GRANTED"
Washington, DC -- On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, Congressman Joe Kennedy III took to the House floor to slam the Trump Administration's immigration policies and tell his own family story.
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to share the story of a family I've come to know," Kennedy said. "They came from a humble place, just scraping by. Amidst instability in their native land, they could barely keep food on the table. For years, their government ignored their struggle and suffering. Like so many others, they dreamed of a better life in America. Finally, they managed to cobble enough money together to make the dangerous journey to our shores...
"... Now I'm sure there are Garcias or Asgaris or Rodriguezes with the same story. But this one isn't theirs. This family's name is Kennedy. Struggling immigrants whose quest for a better life took them from Ireland’s potato famine to Boston’s immigrant barrios."
Kennedy continued: "We have watched President Trump threaten our most fundamental American values with border walls and ‘bad hombres.’ We have heard his racial epithets. We have seen his cold-hearted executive orders...
"…Which is why I stand here -- on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the proud son of Irish immigrants and the humble beneficiary of this country’s golden doors – to deliver one message to immigrant families: President Trump doesn’t speak for all of us. And his immigration policies are opposed by leaders in Washington who do not take your patriotism for granted...We understand your willingness to walk to the ends of the earth to keep your children safe – because we would do the very same. We know what you’ve risked to provide them a better future and what you’ve sacrificed to be a part of our United States. And we are by your side in the fight ahead."
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