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Panetta issues statement on Trump’s speech to Congress

Congressman says it is "long past time for Democrats and Republicans to work together to construct policy"

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), whose district includes San Benito County, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress: 

“Last night, President Trump delivered his first speech before a joint session of Congress. Although he was measured in his tone, the President maintained the same divisive and dangerous message he used throughout his campaign.

“The President continued to rely on his narrative about immigrants posing a threat rather than being a benefit to our communities. The President's idea for a Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement department instills fear in and encourages discrimination against immigrant communities. Serious and violent criminals must to be held accountable for their actions, but targeting peaceful, hardworking members of our communities is wrong. On the central coast of California, we appreciate that our community is stronger because of the contributions made by people willing to come to this country and contribute to our society. That is exactly why, despite the President's rhetoric, I will continue to advocate for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

"Similar to his campaign, the President continued to make grand promises on healthcare, defense, and infrastructure. However, the nation awaits to hear how he is going to do it and pay for it. He must realize that executive actions alone will not solve our problems. Long lasting legislation that effects our nation takes hard work, compromise, and humility. I have yet to see that from him.

“I do agree with one thing he mentioned last night, and that is that it is long past time for Democrats and Republicans to work together to construct policy. I will fight to ensure that those policies include our shared values we hold dear on the Central Coast.”

BenitoLink Staff