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Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Joins Obama At Summit Of Americas

The topics for discussion included the global economy, security and immigration issues. Rep. Clarke was part of a group of Congressional members invited to accompany the President on the trip.  This was President Barack Obama’s first trip to the Caribbean and Mexico since he took the Oath of Office.  After the Summit, Rep. Clarke issued the following statement:
“I believe that President Obama’s very presence at this Summit has been widely viewed as a great gesture, leaving a truly positive impression upon the leadership of these nations.  The message sent was loud and clear—the United States is willing to not only listen, but to remain open to new ideas.  The participation of our nation’s 44th President has has been widely viewed to be a progressive action in the eyes of the leaders of these countries.  They were appreciative of our efforts to establish stronger relations by utilizing a more inclusive approach.

“This summit reaffirmed the President’s willingness to create partnerships and to help stimulate prosperity, security and liberty for the people of the Americas.  We are off to a good start; it is my hope that this visit will open the doors for greater diplomacy, strengthening our relationship with not only our Latin American neighbors, but with the CARICOM nation states who have been marginalized and who have lingered in the shadows far too long under previous administrations.”

The Summit of the Americas bring together the Heads of State and Government of the Western Hemisphere to discuss common concerns, seek solutions and develop a shared vision for their future development of the region, be it economic, social or political in nature.

Rep. Clarke represents one of the largest immigrant communities in New York City. Constituents within the 11th Congressional District have migrated from various nations including Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica to name a few.  Rep. Clarke was recently been appointed to Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology for the 111th Congress in addition to her role as Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus and Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus.  This is her second term in Congress.