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Have you ever been told to ‘go back’ to where you came from? Tell us your story

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley
Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), from left, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). President Trump said they should “go back” to their home countries. Three of the four were born in the United States.
(Associated Press)

Have you ever been told to “go back” to your country, even though you’re American? We want to hear your story.

Following President Trump’s racist tweets that indirectly attacked four congresswomen of color and told them to “go back” to the “places from which they came,” people on social media and politicians alike have sounded off about what it means to be told to return home or, in some cases, “go back” to a place you aren’t from.​​

Of the four “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” Trump referred to, three were born in the United States.

“Go back where you came from” is not a new insult and is sometimes flung at new arrivals to the United States, at foreign-born U.S. citizens — or at those who are from the U.S. but belong to an ethnic minority.

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Do you have a story of a time when you were told to “go back” to a different country or place? Tell us about it using the form below:

This form is now closed. To everyone who responded, we appreciate your contribution and thank you for having the courage to share your story. See a selection of the responses.

Audience engagement editor Tessa A. Bangs contributed to this report.


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