POTUS Donald Trump set the Twitterverse ablaze Sunday by tweeting that four nonwhite women in Congress should “go back” to their countries. Following POTUS’ tweet, which some are claiming is racists rhetoric, Oklahoma City Mayor Davis Holt tweeted his support of the city’s immigrant community.
“Oklahoma City is a diverse community where 60 percent of our children are non-white. Many of our residents are immigrants. Almost all of us are the descendants of immigrants,” Holt tweeted. “We are working closely with our Native community to honor those who were truly the first Americans.”
Mayor Holt said in a statement to The Oklahoman, his sent the tweet in an effort to make sure that all Oklahoma City residents feel welcome, despite the rhetoric from President Trump.
“When you have national leadership telling people that our citizens, including those who were born in our country just like me, should leave the country, I just felt a moral imperative that people understand that we don’t feel that way in Oklahoma City,” Holt said.
According to recent census data, both Oklahoma City and the Sooner state as a whole has become more diverse in recent years, as one in five new residents of Oklahoma since 2000 were born outside the U.S.
Holt went on to tell The Oklahoman that telling a person to “go back” to your country has additional meaning in Oklahoma, which is home to a large population of Native Americans.
“From a Native American perspective everyone is an immigrant,” said Holt, who is Osage.
Holt was a Republican member of the state Senate prior to his election as mayor but said his comments were not meant as a partisan statement.
“I don’t view myself as anything other than the mayor of all people of Oklahoma City,” Holt said. “I just want people of diverse backgrounds, whether they are literally an immigrant or descendants of immigrants, to know they are welcome in Oklahoma City.”
Last week, Trump also announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin expanding raids in several large cities.
Holt said the focus of local law enforcement is protecting all citizens and immigration enforcement is a federal matter.
New Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said non-citizens should not worry about calling the police for assistance.
“We want those in this community that need us to feel like they can call us without fear of being deported or something else happening,” Gourley said. “I think we’ve had a lot of strides in the last several years in … getting that trust in the community so that they won’t be fearful to call us. Nothing’s going to change with how we do that and what that role is.”
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