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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement Condemning President Trump’s Executive Action on Refugees and Immigration

Jan 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive orders suspending refugee resettlements and changes in immigration policy for certain countries:

“It is deeply disappointing that during Trump’s first week in office he has doubled down on his corrosive and prejudiced campaign rhetoric. The President’s executive actions discriminate against Muslims who are desperately trying to escape enslavement, torture, and oppression. Islam is a religion of peace that has been thwarted and manipulated by certain ruthless murderous thugs. Denying innocent civilians the opportunity to escape such danger and apply for asylum runs counter to the ideals of America.

The United States of America already has strict standards in place to ensure that individuals coming to America aren’t a threat. These processes can include up two years of vetting. Instead of working with Congress and our allies to fortify current mechanisms, the President is planning on shutting our doors and turning our backs on people seeking security and a better future.

America was built on the backs of hardworking immigrants who came from all walks of life. Muslims immigrants have contributed proudly to this country for decades, including the several thousand who serve in our Armed Forces protecting our homeland. Banning entry to the United States simply because of an individual’s birthplace or religion is the antithesis of American values“

President Trump’s Executive Order, as reported, suspends visas into the United States for all individuals from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq. Additionally, it halts all refugee admissions to the U.S. for 120 days except for religious minorities.