WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
“Trump's emphatic lack of empathy continues to destroy our communities and stain our reputation abroad. DREAMers aren't just "other country's kids." Especially in Los Angeles, they are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from every continent. They’re from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They're friends and they're family.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, and 11 of her colleagues sent a letter urging the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support increased funding to provide relief for Sierra Leone and other countries devastated by recent mudslides. Presently, the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has released $100,000 in aid. The letter sent calls for an additional $20 million for immediate assistance, which would have a widespread impact across the region.
“With hundreds dead, more missing, and the threat of a cholera outbreak looming, we must do our part in providing lifesaving assistance to Sierra Leone,” said Rep. Bass. “The situation there remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides.
LOS ANGELES – Last night, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in South Los Angeles. The event was well attended, with over 250 constituents in the audience at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to be vigilant and keep elected officials accountable,” Rep. Bass said. “These forums give me the opportunity to not only report back on what has been happening in Washington, but to also hear about how I can better serve my community. Thank you to Pastor Brown and the rest of the Mt.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the death of Gemmel Moore.
"I’m stunned by the news of Gemmel’s death and the tragic and sad circumstances surrounding it. Nine years ago, I received a $250.00 contribution from Edward Buck. I do not know him, but what I am hearing and reading about his conduct with Gemmel is deeply disturbing. If there are other victims, they should come forward immediately.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following after the capital of Sierra Leone was hit by heavy rain, followed by an unprecedented mud-slide and massive flooding, resulting in hundreds dead and many more missing.
"The situation in Freetown, Sierra Leone remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides. The Government of Sierra Leone has made an urgent international appeal for assistance and the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the United States has launched an emergency relief fund.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) responded to violence incited by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Racism is alive in our country every day and more often than not, it lives in the form of “many sides.” It doesn’t matter that the President took a step back from his initial horrendous statement after racism reared its ugly head yet again over the weekend.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after joining more than 60 colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responding to President Trump’s continually escalating threats to North Korea.
“It is the duty of the President to keep our country safe. Just this week, the Trump administration has done the opposite, putting out three different statements ranging from encouraging sound sleep to an improvised remark pledging fire and fury against a country with nuclear weapons. Far from quelling threats abroad, these threats have also created unrest domestically.
Nairobi, Kenya – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement with the release of recommendations put forth by an international, bipartisan election delegation deployed to Kenya to observe the August 8 general elections. The delegation, sponsored by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and co-led by Rep. Bass, found that the people of Kenya made their voices heard in a peaceful fashion through credible election processes.
“The Kenyan people have a lot to be proud of in this election. The passionate enthusiasm felt county to county and the overwhelming voter turnout were both inspiring. The notion that Kenyans don’t care about the future of the country is just simply not true. This past election proves the opposite is true.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) responded to President Trump’s immigration plan that would slash legal immigration levels and eliminate multiple categories of family-based legal immigration and diversity visas.
“Today, the President continued his crusade against people that do not look like him. The President’s plan introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) is a seriously misguided piece of legislation that will not improve our outdated immigration system.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement responding to a New York Times report that the Trump administration is planning to redirect resources from the civil rights division of the Department of Justice to attack affirmative action.
“This is nothing short of an all-out attack against black and brown students country-wide working hard for a better future. The President redirecting resources from the civil rights division of the Department of Justice to attack affirmative action is just the latest example of an answer to his rally cry asking the black community what we have to lose.