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29 Members of Congress Who Weren't Born in the U.S.

Will President Trump be telling Sen. Ted Cruz to "go back" and fix Canada? Here are 29 members of Congress — on both sides of the aisle — who weren't born in the U.S.

Go Back Where?

In 2019, the United States has 29 members of Congress born outside of the country. President Donald Trump stepped into the festering battle between newly elected progressive Democrats and establishment Democrats in a series of tweets bordering on xenophobia, suggesting that freshman progressive Democrats to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Although he did not mention them by name, the president was apparently aiming his fiery tweets at freshmen Democratic congresswomen of color: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, New York; Rep. Rashida Talib, 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. 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. 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 1st first lady born outside the United States since Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

If the posts were intended to exploit simmering tensions within the Democratic Party after weeks of messy public infighting, however, they instead gave embattled House Democrats a common opponent to rally against — the president himself.

Brut.

07/16/2019 10:31 PMupdated: 07/17/2019 12:54 PM
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109 comments

  • Tim B.
    08/01/2019 01:31

    President must be a born American why not all politicians

  • Phiilip L.
    08/01/2019 00:43

    Keep the hate going trump is not racist and I’ll ham moron hates America along with the rest of those fools

  • Leroy A.
    07/31/2019 23:10

    Why haven’t Adolf trump told all them to go back to their country

  • John N.
    07/31/2019 03:47

    "Natural Born Citizen." Look it up. It has a definition and it's not what you think.

  • Jose E.
    07/31/2019 03:24

    Red for Ted!!!!!!

  • Reene P.
    07/30/2019 23:31

    "The prof is in the pudding" Trump is MAGA in every way! I wish more people would stop listening to the "news" and do the research for yourselves and stop blindly believing everything you hear.

  • Todd L.
    07/30/2019 21:53

    Yes we have immigrants and kids of immigrants in office now but most aren't putting America or our allies down or condeming the constitution, military and the flag

  • Steve S.
    07/30/2019 18:31

    It's not about where you were born. It's about your love for the country dummy.

  • James J.
    07/30/2019 15:35

    Iv always felt that only those that have served in the Military and most importantly received an Honorable discharge should be allowed to run for office.

  • Connan M.
    07/30/2019 09:38

    When will you people understand this is not about racism, or where somebody came from. President Trump's remarks were about the hatred and disgust for OUR country, coming out of these people's mouths. They are supposed to be there in DC representing America, not denigrating it.

  • Jacob C.
    07/30/2019 09:21

    Why would he tell people who DON'T spend half their time talking about what a horrible, racist, misogynist, violent, criminal, dirty place America is to go back and fix where they came from? Trump wasn't randomly calling them out, just because. He was firing back at them for almost never having anything decent to say about the USA. Why be a politician here then? Do you want to make it like somewhere else? Then go to that place. Do you really hate it? Then go somewhere else. I think Trump was spot on with his comment. If you hate America so much, then spare us the "I believe in this country" crap you ONLY use when defending against such accusations and go somewhere else if you just HAVE to be a politician and need to "fix" things.

  • Rick V.
    07/30/2019 01:08

    So by today's logical standards, we need to practice more ethics and get one person from every country to be part of our government system, to help diversify America, to be more fitting for everyone that is not American.

  • Dora S.
    07/29/2019 19:30

    Get them out of Congress. How can America hire people that became Americans and were not raied or born here.

  • Jeff D.
    07/29/2019 16:44

    At least we do not have to worry about these 'things' ever becoming POTUS!

  • John R.
    07/28/2019 19:32

    Yeah well, 2 of the squad said the same thing about another person, and Trump himself sooooo

  • Salvatore F.
    07/28/2019 15:52

    This is a nation of inmigrants.

  • Joshua G.
    07/28/2019 05:25

    If you weren't born here you dont belong in our government

  • Chris S.
    07/28/2019 02:31

    Funny how nobody ever called him out, or said he was racist before running against the femoratic party. Femocrats still can't accept this L, but better get used to it cause you got 6 more years of him. Trump 2020🇺🇸💪

  • Terry R.
    07/28/2019 02:02

    You forget the part where he said, if you don’t love this country (the worthless squad absolutely does not) then you can go to whence you came, they always forget to report this part, because news outlets can not tell the truth if they even wanted to (which they don’t)

  • Francis W.
    07/28/2019 01:41

    The constitution is racist by definition.