Rep. Luis Gutiérrez: FAIR and allies “want to take our immigration policies back to the 1920s”

Luis GutiérrezIt is like DW Griffith might rise up from his grave to film “Rebirth of a Nation–the Sequel” because FAIR [Federation Against American Immigration Reform] and its allies want to take our immigration policies back to the 1920s when the Klan marched openly in Washington and legal immigration was reduced to almost zero.

—Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D–IL)

Immigrant Heritage Month, House Floor, June 28, 2017

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries: Surge in racism is, in part, “connected to a historic backlash”

Hakeem JeffriesNow, in part, what we are seeing is connected to a historic backlash that has often occurred throughout this journey that we have been on here in America, that whenever we make significant progress, there is always a backlash amongst some in America who have got a problem with the fact that we have done things designed to be more consistent with our values of liberty and justice for all, equal protection under the law.

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Rep. Darren Soto: Several Virginia Tribes Denied Recognition “Due in Great Part to the Machinations of One Man”

These tribes [Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Monacan, Nansemond] have been unable to claim their rightful Indian identity in relation to the Federal Government, due in great part to the machinations of one man, Walter Ashby Plecker, the State registrar for the Commonwealth in the early 20th century. Plecker, an avowed White supremacist, ran Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Statistics for over 34 years. From 1912 to 1947, Plecker set out to rid the Commonwealth of any documents that recorded the existence of Indians or Indian tribes living therein.

—Rep. Darren Soto (D–FL)

Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017, House Floor, May 17, 2017

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Rep. A. Donald McEachin: Environmental Justice a Federal Priority during Clinton Years

I think it is worth noting that the environmental justice movement began in 1982, when North Carolina established a toxic waste landfill in Warren County–a poor, rural, majority African- American locality–over the objections of the residents. In the more than 20 years since, many environmental justice organizations have formed. During the Clinton administration, the pursuit of environmental justice became a Federal priority.

— A. McEachin (D–VA)

The First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency and Its Impact on Minority Communities, House Floor, May 1, 2017

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