Congressman García’s Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks
CHICAGO, IL— Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:
“September 11th is a day of remembrance and reflection as we honor the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 was brought down by the heroic efforts of its passengers and crew.
“People from 90 countries perished in the attacks, including at least 250 Latinos. They were restaurant workers, food delivery personnel, office workers and police officers. Among them were many undocumented immigrants whose valiant acts of heroism may never be recognized due to their status.
“The terrorist attacks of September 11th changed our country and how we perceive the security of our nation, with a profound impact on our immigration policies. Most of the institutional changes caused by the ‘War on Terror’ were fueled by fear and anger, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. These changes resulted in increased surveillance, heightened spending on border security and immigration enforcement, while failing to prevent domestic terrorist attacks.
“Twenty years later, we must honor the lives lost by reassessing the lessons learned from the terrorist attacks. It’s time to stop the militarization of our foreign policy and the scapegoating of immigrants. It’s time to stop the limitless funding of the intelligence and military budgets and instead invest in working families.
“Twenty years later we stand in solidarity to mourn the tragic events of September 11th and reaffirm our resolve to keep America and its people safe from terror, both foreign and domestic.”