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NEW YORK—In a series of tweets published earlier today, Trump called for Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib to “go back to their original countries.” 

Following his remarks, Sayu Bhojwani, president and founder of New American Leaders, released the following statement:

“Smearing people of color and telling them to ‘go back’ to some other place is a white supremacist dog whistle as old as time.

“There is nothing more American than leaders who are fighting for our values. As for any immigrant leader in office, we aren’t leaving our home. 

“The only purpose of Trump’s blatant bigotry is to distract Americans and the media from the horrendous ICE raids happening this weekend.

“The immigrant family vote is growing fast, and we will decide numerous swing states come 2020. Trump’s bigotry will backfire come Election Day.”