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Foster Announces Guest for Joint Session of Congress

Feb 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Foster (D-IL) announced his guest for the upcoming Joint Session of Congress. Samia Abdul-Qadir attends Naperville North High School. She was a participant in Congressman Foster’s recent community discussion on the effect that President Trump’s attempts to ban travel from several Muslim-majority countries have had on the local Muslim community and the fear those actions have provoked.

“Our country thrives on the innovation, culture, and diversity that immigrants from all walks of life bring to the United States. No one should have to live in fear that these opportunities will be taken from them,” Foster said. “History has not looked kindly on us when we’ve prevented people fleeing violence from seeking refuge in this country. Samia’s courage and conviction have stood out as a bright spot amidst an atmosphere of fear and hate.”

“I’ve always been taught that America’s strength comes from the spirit of inclusion and diversity,” Abdul-Qadir said. “I don’t think it makes America any safer to single out a group of people because of their religious beliefs. It goes against this country’s core values.”

President Donald Trump will address a Joint Session of Congress next Tuesday, February 28, 2017.