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Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Denounces Republican Colleague’s Racist Remarks

March 15, 2017
Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Denounces Republican Colleague’s Racist Remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX) released the following statement on Congressman Steve King’s recent remarks:

"For a long time Congressman Steve King has made clear his contempt for people of color, thus his support for white nationalism comes as no surprise. Racial hatred like King’s is what motivated President Trump’s mass deportation policy.

Though Speaker Ryan claims to be “clearly disturbed” by King’s latest diatribe, I can’t help but wonder why Ryan and his Republican colleagues have been so noticeably unwilling to criticize Trump’s inhumane deportation strategy. Republican silence on the mass deportation plan is deafening. When they say nothing, they say everything." 

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