MI Congressional Democrats Guests Support Core Values of Our Nation

Feb 28, 2017

Washington, DC – Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (MI-14), Sander Levin (MI-9), Dan Kildee (MI-5), Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) today issued the following joint statement concerning their guests for Trump’s joint address to Congress:

“Our special guests for President Trump’s joint address to Congress reflect the strength and diversity of our districts, the state of Michigan and this great nation.

“They understand and appreciate the importance of every American having affordable access to good quality health care.  This means protecting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act and not cutting Medicare and Medicaid. 

“Our guests also know first-hand that our diversity is a strength, not a weakness; that refugees help build up our communities, not tear them down; and that a sensible immigration policy enhances our national security and does not endanger it. Halting and then slashing refugee admissions will not serve our national interest, and banning visas and admissions from exclusively majority-Muslim nations goes against our country’s long standing commitment to religious freedom. A Muslim ban also makes us less safe; the Department of Homeland Security’s own analysis concluded that citizenship itself is an ‘unlikely indicator’ of danger to the United States.

“We stand together in opposition to President Trump’s unlawful and un-American ban on Muslims and refugees; his plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act; and other disastrous policies that don’t represent our country’s best interests.”  

Below is a list of guests:

Guest of Rep. John Conyers: Nabih Ayad, an attorney and founder of the Arab American Civil Rights League in Michigan.

Guest of Rep. Sander Levin: Lindsay Helfman, she and her family have been positively impacted by the Affordable Care Act.

Guest of Rep. Dan Kildee: Dr. Mona Hanna–Attisha, the Flint pediatrician a daughter or Iraqi-American scientists who helped to expose the Flint water crisis. As a child, she immigrated to the U.S. with her parents fleeing Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime. 

Guest of Rep. Brenda Lawrence: Fatima Salman, Executive Director of the Muslim Student Association and board member of Michigan Muslim Community Council.

Guest of Rep. Debbie Dingell: Phoebe Hopps, a community organizer who led the Michigan chapter of the Women’s March on Washington and whose family has been positively impacted by the Affordable Care Act.