Rep. Payne, Jr. Responds to President Trump’s First State of the Union

Jan 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union Address:

We all knew President Trump can read, but the question is whether he can lead,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). “His State of the Union address called for unity, but the President’s agenda and policies have divided the country. Actions speak louder than words.

“President Trump’s so-called ‘pillars of immigration’ are an example of his divisive agenda. The President called for Congress to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, which is an important tool to maintain fairness in our nation’s immigration policy. The Diversity Visa Program extends the American dream to countries that have low rates of immigration to the United States. Diversity Visa recipients, particularly those from African countries, are well-educated; and all Diversity Visa recipients must pass a stringent background investigation. President Trump’s attack on the Diversity Visa Program is nothing more than a ploy to rally his base and sow racial animosity. America deserves better.”