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Foreign-born lawmaker: Trump's not going to tell me to 'go back to my country'


Added 07-15-19 10:57:02am EST - “A congressman born in Lima, Peru, said President Trump's tweet suggesting a group of congresswomen "go back" to the countries that they came from has "nothing to do with birthplace."?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Foreign-born lawmaker: Trump's not going to tell me to 'go back to my country'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A congressman born in Lima, Peru, said President Trump's tweet suggesting a group of congresswomen "go back" to the countries that they came from has "nothing to do with birthplace." 

As a foreign-born representative, unlike many of the women Trump was likely targeting in his Sunday tweet, Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesBattle lines drawn for Mueller testimony Pro-impeachment Democrats say Mueller testimony could be 'turning point' Schiff hopes to resolve impasse around Mueller testimony this week MORE (D-Conn.) said he hasn't been told to "go back" by Trump, calling himself a "white male." 

"But I’m a white male of European descent. He’s not going to tell me to ‘go back to my county’. His tantrum has nothing to do with birthplace." Himes said in a Monday Instagram post, sharing a photo of himself as a second grade student in Colombia. "This country is stronger because of our diversity."

Unlike the Democratic Congresswomen the President targeted today, I actually am a foreign-born Member of Congress. I was born in Lima, Peru. This picture is of me in 2nd grade in Colombia. But I’m a white male of European descent. He’s not going to tell me to ‘go back to my county’. His tantrum has nothing to do with birthplace. This country is stronger because of our diversity.

Trump tweeted Sunday that "'progressive' Democrat Congresswomen who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe" should "go back." 

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