Napolitano Condemns Trump’s New Muslim & Refugee Ban
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) condemned President Donald Trump’s new executive order that bans entry into the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days, issuing the following statement:
“Despite some rephrasing and including certain exceptions, President Trump’s new executive order is just like his original Muslim ban; un-American, unconstitutional, and dangerous. It sends the same wrong, ugly message to the rest of the world, fueling anti-American sentiment and giving ammunition to our enemies. It also spreads false premises about the insecurity of our refugee system, when the reality is that refugees seeking admission to the U.S. are heavily screened, undergoing 18 to 24 months of vetting by multiple law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
“We will not turn our backs on those fleeing violence and humanitarian crises. Our nation was built on the principles of religious tolerance and welcoming the stranger, and we refuse to allow President Trump to redefine our core American values. We call on the president to rescind this order and work with us to protect our country, without discriminating against groups of people based on nationality or religion.”
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