Smith Statement Denouncing Hateful Rhetoric

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement condemning hateful and violent rhetoric:

May 6, 2016

“Disturbing statements from the Republican White House contender cannot go unaddressed. America must stay true to its founding principles by standing with immigrants and leading on refugee resettlement. Our American values embrace people of all faiths and backgrounds. Fear cannot cloud our judgement, drive policy, or destroy our country’s fabric. The Republicans are presenting a very different vision for our country.

“Here in the Puget Sound region we have seen firsthand the damage that hateful and violent rhetoric inflicts on our local community centers and places of worship. We know that our region's diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Instead of hateful and violent words, we should stay true to our values and work together to build a more just and peaceful society. We know that immigrants and refugees strengthen our communities, our economy, and our country's future. Throughout our history, refugees and immigrants have made America great and will continue to do so.”