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Four congresswomen reacted to President Donald Trump seemingly suggesting they “go back” to the countries they “originally came from”.
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President Donald Trump stepped into the simmering battle between newly elected progressive Democrats and establishment Democrats on Sunday, in a series of tweets bordering on xenophobia, suggesting that freshman progressive Democrats “…go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Though he did not mention them by name, the president was apparently aiming his tweets at freshmen Democratic congresswomen of color: Alexandra  Ocasio-Cortez, New York; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan; Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota; and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts. Of the four, only Omar was foreign-born, coming to the United States from Somalia. The four women have been among the most vocal critics of the administration’s handling of the border crisis – and a symbol of the Trump administration’s fractious relationship with Congress.

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Omar is one of 29 congressional members who were born outside the United States – 24 representatives and five senators. Twenty-five are Democrats and four are Republicans. This total represents members who were either born outside the United States to parents from another country or those born in another country to American parents.

There are 14 congressional members who were born outside the United States, all of whom are Democrats, who became U.S. citizens. Thirteen of the 14 members of Congress born outside of the United States to non-American parents serve in the House of Representatives. Three of them are from Mexico – Salud Carbajal and Raul Ruiz (California) and Jesus Garcia (Illinois), and two are from India – Raja Krishnamoorthi (Illinois) and Pramila Jayapal (Washington). Other congressional members were born in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Taiwan, Poland, Ecuador, Vietnam, and Guatemala.

The lone senator born outside of the United States to parents who are not American is Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who was born in Japan. There are four other senators who were born in other countries to American parents.

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Some members of the president’s Cabinet were also born in foreign countries, including the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, who was born in Germany. It is also worth noting that the president’s wife, Melania, was born in Slovenia and is the first first lady born outside the United States since Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

Members of Congress Born Outside the United States

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  • From left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the four members of the democratic group of freshman congresswomen, 'The Squad.'1 of 14
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Rashida Tlaib listen as Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill February 27, 2019 in Washington, DC.2 of 14
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib laugh as they wait for other freshman Congressmen to deliver a letter calling to an end to the government shutdown on January 16, 2019.3 of 14
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies with fellow Democrats before voting the People Act on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC.4 of 14
  • Ilhan Omar, left, and Rashida Tlaib  arrive for the State of the Union address on February 5, 2019 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.5 of 14
  • Ilhan Omar, far left, listens as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, center, joins them in a call for legislation to cancel all student debt, at the Capitol on June 24, 2019.6 of 14
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar join their fellow House Democratic women for a portrait in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 04, 2019 in Washington, DC.7 of 14
  • Ilhan Omar takes a selfie with Rashida Tlaib and political activist Angela Davis at an event outside the U.S. Capitol on April 30, 2019 in Washington, DC.8 of 14
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar attend a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 7, 2019.9 of 14
  • Rashida Tlaib, center, wipes her eyes while testifying before the House Oversight Committee hearing on family separation and detention centers on July 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington.10 of 14
  • Ilhan Omar, left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, listens to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 5, 2019.11 of 14
  • Rashida Tlaib, left, and Ayanna Pressley whisper during a hearing on the Trump Administration's policy on separating migrant children from their families on July 12, 2019 in Washington.12 of 14
  • Ayanna Pressley hugs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez following a press conference before a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 10, 2019 in Washington, DC.13 of 14
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib listen to Ilhan Omar speak during a congressional Iftar event at the U.S. Capitol May 20, 2019 in Washington, DC.14 of 14

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