CAPAC Chair Statement on President Trump's Polarizing Response to New York Terrorist Attack

Nov 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's response to the November 1, 2017 attack in New York:

"Our thoughts continue to be with the people of New York, our brave first responders, and the victims of Tuesday’s horrifying terrorist attack. During this time of mourning, it is more important now than ever that we stand together as a nation and do not allow fear and hate to divide us.

“Unfortunately, President Trump's response to this attack has not only been divisive, but it has used the cowardly actions of a radical terrorist to sow fear and promote bigoted policies targeting immigrants and Muslims. This includes the President’s desire to terminate the diversity visa program and to attack our broader legal immigration system under the false pretense of promoting national security.

“We must do all that we can to seek justice for the innocent lives that were lost, combat homegrown terrorism, and keep Americans safe. But demonizing entire communities and using immigrants and Muslims as scapegoats for the heinous actions of a few is not the way to do this. While the President continues to politicize this devastating tragedy, it is important that we come together as a nation to mourn and to heal.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.