President Obama Plans to Ban Thanksgiving for “Celebrate Immigrants Day”-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A White House task force has urged President Obama to issue an executive order to ban Thanksgiving and replace it with “Celebrate Immigrants Day.”
There’s no proof that a task force has urged President Obama plans to ban Thanksgiving or create “Celebrate Immigrants Day” through executive order.
That rumor started in March 2015 when conservative activist Susan Payne appeared on the Joe Miller Radio Show and the Mark Levin Show.
After the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration, Payne said she secretly participated in a conference call with members of the White House Task Force on New Americans about future plans for immigration reform:
…They said that once this was all finished, there should be another executive order that changes Thanksgiving to “Celebrate Immigrants Day.” I was about ready to blow my top.
Payne didn’t indicate who was on the conference call, or who made the suggestion to ban Thanksgiving. When she was prodded about any resistance to the suggestion, Payne seemed to indicate that it was some sort of joke:
They just thanked them for their suggestion. They laughed and thought it was a good idea and thanked them for their suggestion. To me, as an American, and as an American whose husband served in Vietnam, I’m offended by this stuff.
Again, we don’t know who made the suggestion, or who thanked them for making it. Aside from Payne’s first-person account, there’s no proof that a member of a White House task force or President Obama actually considered banning Thanksgiving.
Shortly after Payne talked about plans to ban Thanksgiving in lieu of Celebrate Immigrants Day, the Task Force on New Americans outlined a number of actions that could be taken to improve integration outcomes for immigrants in a memorandum. Adult education, early childhood education and small business development measures were all on the list — but a recommendation to change Thanksgiving to Celebrate Immigrants Day was not.