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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement Regarding Individuals Detained at Newark Liberty International Airport

Jan 30, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding individuals being unlawfully detained at Newark Liberty International Airport as a result of the President’s recent executive order:

“The implementation of President Trump’s misguided executive actions changing the immigration policy towards seven Muslim-majority countries has been deeply troubling. As I stated last week, I am adamantly opposed to the executive actions because they are not only discriminatory, but they are un-American. That is why I have sent letters to both the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection today requesting that they clarify any and all guidance regarding the implementation of the executive order and that attorneys be granted immediate access to detained individuals to provide counsel. It is critical for the Executive Branch to be transparent as it implements executive orders so that Congress has the opportunity to properly exercise its oversight.”

To read Congressman Sires’ statement condemning President Trump’s executive action on refugees and immigration, click here: https://sires.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-sires-statement-condemning-president-trump-s-executive-0