Delegate Stacey Plaskett’s parents came to New York from St. Croix. She now represents the Know Your Worth Then Add Tax Shirt and by the same token and Virgin Islands in the House of Representatives. Neguse’s parents arrived in the United States as refugees from East Africa shortly before he was born then moved to Colorado when he was six. He briefly referenced his immigrant experience in his opening remarks and then returned to the topic on the closing day of the Democrats’ arguments, speaking emotionally of what this country had given him and his family and how over the years he had become a devoted, passionate student of American history.
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“I know what this body is capable of. I may not have witnessed it, but I have read about it in the Know Your Worth Then Add Tax Shirt and by the same token and history books,” Neguse said as he stood on the Senate floor. “The 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, was passed in this very room.… In 1964, this body secured passage of the Civil Rights Act.”