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(CNSNews.com) – Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour had a message Saturday for President Trump and members of Congress, relating to deal he is trying to strike over funding to secure the southwest border: “Absolutely not!”
“I want to tell members of Congress to listen to me very carefully,” Sarsour told the event in Washington’s Freedom Plaza. “You will not negotiate on the backs of immigrants, on the backs of people of color, for no damn wall!”
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“We don’t care what you got to offer,” she continued, apparently now directing her remarks at the president. “Because our answer to a wall in this country is absolutely not! No questions asked. Period. Point blank.”
Sarsour was speaking shortly before Trump in a televised announcement offered Democrats a compromise deal in a bid to secure funding for 230 miles of security barrier on the border.
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Sarsour and fellow Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez have been caught up an anti-Semitism controversy, arising from associations with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and political positions such as support for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Alluding to the issue – and in an apparent bid to downplay it – Sarsour told the gathering, “the media can talk about whatever controversy they want, but the real controversy is in the White House.”
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Sarsour cited the administration’s policies on illegal immigration, border security, “rights for LGBTQ people” and what she called “our complicit support for a Saudi-led war in Yemen” and “collusion with Russia.”
“So if you want to talk about controversy, let’s start talking about the real controversy.”
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Later in her remarks she again alluded to criticism aimed at the Women’s March and its leaders, suggesting that no effective alternative exists.
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