The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reflecting on the legacy of Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7) in the wake of his passing:
On issues close to our heart, from detention conditions to family separation to medical deferred action and more, Rep. Cummings was a powerful ally and champion. A forceful opponent of Trump’s cruel immigration strategies, Chairman Cummings used his position of authority to stand up for our values, for our democracy and for the vulnerable.
Chairman Cummings embodied the best of America. He rose from poverty to serve the country. His was a voice of moral clarity in a time when morality is under attack. He spoke for decency in a time when decency is threatened. He believed government can and should be a force for good.
He will be missed by his constituents, colleagues and all Americans committed to fully realizing the promise of our nation — an inclusive America where all of us are created equal; where all of us deserve justice; and all of us are destined to be free.