Rep. Bass to the L.A. Times: Immigration is a black issue, too
"Recent remarks made in the Oval Office further demonstrate that we must continue to expose the often-forgotten plight of black immigrants.
"Our country is fortunate to be enriched by the contributions of millions of immigrants every year, especially in Los Angeles. It should not be overlooked that Trump's attacks on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and diversity visas, combined with his divisive rhetoric, are tactics being employed to drive a wedge between the black and Latino communities in the immigration debate.
"There are more than 3.5 million black immigrants in the United States. When we look at the issue holistically and see that tens of thousands of DACA enrollees are black and that the plurality of diversity visa recipients are also black, it contextualizes the president's assault on these programs and reminds us that we must not turn on one another in response.
"Fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric do not accomplish what we've been sent to Washington to do. Immigration is a black issue too."
The letter appeared in print on Sunday, January 14, 2018.