On Friday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., announced he won’t be attending the inauguration of President-elect Trump in January. He cites the reason is because of Trump planning major enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.
“I’m not going to this inauguration, I can’t go to this inauguration, because he continues to spew hatred, bigotry and prejudice even after he said he was going to bring us all together,” Gutierrez said on CNN. “But he’s not. He continues to spew this kind of … hatred. So I’m not going to be there.”
However, Gutierrez will be in Washington for Inauguration Day, in order to protest with others over Trump’s win. “They’re afraid that somebody’s going to knock on their door,” Gutierrez said in reference to the young immigrants who are “really afraid” of the incoming Trump administration.
Gutierrez is fearful that Trump will follow through on his promise to reverse the decisions made by Obama to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country. “Donald Trump says he’s going after them, that he’s going to revoke DACA and he’s going to take away their freedom in this country,” he said. “And they’re afraid. So guess what? I cannot go to the inauguration of a man who’s going to appoint people to the Supreme Court and turn back the clock on women, and turn back the clock on immigrants.”
— New Day (@NewDay) December 2, 2016
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