In the wake of remarks made by American tycoon Donald Trump regarding illegal immigrants, the California Assembly Republican Caucus issued a public statement condemning the business magnate.
In June Trump announced his intent to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and during his speech addressed the issue of immigration, namely the influx of immigrants from Mexico.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” said Trump. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume are good people.”
Trump's comments prompted many companies to cease doing business with him including Macy’s, NBC and Univision. Just two days after the Fourth of July holiday, the California Assembly Republicans issued a statement in response to what they refer to as Trump’s “incendiary rhetoric."
“As Americans celebrated our nation’s 239th birthday, we were reminded that what makes our country so exceptional are the contributions of people who come from all around the world to live here—from the earliest settlers to the thousands of people who swore an oath of citizenship on Independence Day,” said Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen ( R – Riverbank). “We call on every person— including politicians and wannabe politicians – to join Californians and embrace and respect immigrants and their contributions to America.”
Trump’s remarks have sparked a heightened national conversation regarding immigration that was further stoked by the killing of a woman in San Francisco on July 1 by a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally after having been deported five times. The murder has brought criticism to cities like San Francisco that have historically not cooperated with federal immigration authorities and refer to themselves as “sanctuary” cities for illegal immigrants.