Dear Editor, 

A few weeks ago President Trump told a group of minority congress-women to shut up and go back to where they came from. One of them is a naturalized U.S. citizen. The others were born in America.

The Section 1 of 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution clearly states:

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All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

As it always happens, shortly after Trump made his statements, the Republican Party has rolled out its intellectual zamboni to explain to us what Trump really meant to say. And, of course, at a Trump rally shortly thereafter, his supporters chanted ”Send her back!”

As a naturalized U.S. citizen myself I was alarmed by the leadership of the Republican Party making such statements so I reached out to the East Brunswick GOP Committee and New Jersey GOP via Facebook Messenger asking them whether they agree with it:

The silence was disappointing.

The GOP has recently adopted a stance that the “Squad” (Representatives Ocasio-Cortez-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib) are somehow the face of the Democratic Party. The reality, however, is that as per the same 14th Amendment (Section 2) that the Republicans are ignoring they represent their districts — not the entire party.

President Trump, on the other hand, enjoys 90%-something popularity among Republicans. No Republican dares to challenge him. Not even the New Jersey Republicans who are afraid he won’t let them have cocktail parties at his golf resort or may tweet something that they may not like.

The New Jersey GOP has reduced themselves to whining and complaining about property taxes and local minutiae without acknowledging the humanity of the state residents. If we can’t acknowledge each other’s humanity, and agree that all of our rights are equally protected by the United States Constitution, there is nothing for us to talk about.

This is why the silence from the New Jersey GOP and especially from our local Republicans here in East Brunswick is so disappointing. In a district with so many minority voters, such a large proportion of naturalized U.S. citizens, so many Jews that Trump calls disloyal and ignorant, it is upsetting that the local Republicans are not standing up to his poisonous agenda.




Oleg Dulin

East Brunswick