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Napolitano Denounces President Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Muslims and Refugees

January 29, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano denounced President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of several predominantly Muslim countries, issuing the following statement:

“It seems President Trump forgets he also comes from a family of immigrants. Did he ever think what if this had happened to his family? Barring entry to the United States based on religion or religious heritage is not only criminal, it is unconstitutional and un-American. This abhorrent view makes us less safe, adds fuel to the propaganda our enemies are using as a recruitment tool, and should be condemned by all.

“This impulsive decision was not thought-out or properly vetted, and it has created much hurt, anguish, and confusion. Proper coordination between agencies and advanced notice given to people involved could have prevented individuals from being detained at ports of entry the last two days. 

“Amid such darkness, we are inspired by the peaceful demonstrations held at LAX and airports across the country, which reflect our true American values of tolerance and love. We welcome refugees who have fled unimaginable violence and adversity; we don’t turn our backs on them. President Trump’s anti-immigrant polices are contrary to who we are as Americans, and we will do everything we can to stop them.”

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