WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Obama administration to not allow Donald Trump’s name to go up on a new hotel in the nation’s capital.
Reps. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., sent a letter to the Interior Department and General Services Administration to stop the Republican presidential candidate’s name from going up on the hotel at the site of the Old Post Office Building.
“Trump’s recent and repeated remarks disparaging women, Mexican-Americans, and other Latinos are hateful, divisive and completely inaccurate,” the two wrote in the letter. “We firmly believe this kind of repulsive speech has no place in our public discourse. As a result of these comments, the Trump name is now inextricably linked to the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino and anti-women sentiments that he continues to loudly and publically espouse.”
Gallego said in a statement that the “federal government has a responsibility to keep emblems of racism and hatred out of public lands.”
“To prominently display Mr. Trump’s last name over the old post office building would send a message of exclusion and intolerance to millions of Latinos and women in the district and across the country,” the Arizona congressman said.
Cardenas called Trump’s recent comments about immigrants “shockingly disrespectful.”
“The Trump name is now synonymous with hatred and discrimination, and it should not be the message displayed on public lands in a place of honor and history, across from the White House,” Cardenas said in a statement. “Freedom of speech in our nation is treasured, but using that freedom to attack, denigrate and demean other human beings and cultures is not acceptable to the best nature of our people.”
The Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., is currently undergoing renovations to become the Trump International Hotel.
Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions.
He would also rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration.
Trump described his expanded vision of how to secure American borders during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” saying that he would push to end the constitutionally protected citizenship rights of children of any family living illegally inside the U.S.
“They have to go,” Trump said, adding: “What they’re doing, they’re having a baby. And then all of a sudden, nobody knows … the baby’s here.”
Native-born children of immigrants — even those living illegally in the U.S. — have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution in 1868.
The odds of repealing the amendment’s citizenship clause would be steep, requiring the votes of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and support from three-fourths of the nation’s state legislatures. Republicans in Congress have repeatedly failed since 2011 to pass bills aimed at ending “birthright citizenship.” Some conservatives believe that the granting of citizenship in such cases could be changed without amending the Constitution.
“They’re illegal,” Trump said, describing native-born children of people living illegally in the US. “You either have a country or not.”
Trump’s remarks came as his campaign website posted his program for “immigration reform.” Among its details: Making Mexico pay for a permanent border wall. Mandatory deportation of all “criminal aliens.” Tripling the force of immigration officers by eliminating tax credit payments to immigrant families residing illegally in the U.S.
“The wall will work,” Trump declared Monday when he arrived for jury duty in New York and a passer-by at the courthouse asked about that idea.
A day earlier, Trump said a tough deportation policy was needed because “there’s definitely evidence” of crimes linked to immigrants living in the country illegally. He repeated comments he’s made previously, noting that: “The good people can come back.”
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