Eshoo Statement on Trump’s New Travel Ban Executive Order
March 7th, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C— Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement after President Trump signed a new executive order banning refugees from six countries entering the United States.
“The Administration’s ill-conceived travel ban has reminded Americans that we have an obligation to uphold the Constitution and the values that make this country so great. The President’s new Executive Order signed yesterday in response to the first order which was struck down by the Courts does not make America safer.
“Making small tweaks such as exempting Iraq from the list of banned countries, omitting references to religion, and phasing in the new rules does not change the fact that these policies are antithetical to the values of our country. Closing down our refugee resettlement program for 120 days and restricting travel to the U.S. based only on nationality harms our national security. These policies are being used as a powerful recruiting tool by ISIS and homegrown terrorist groups. The chilling effects of the last executive order have been felt world-wide, not only by travelers to the U.S. but our own citizens in our schools, hospitals and businesses.
“The refugees the President has shut our doors to are not terrorists—they are the victims of terrorism and they have already been through extreme vetting. As a child of immigrants, I will continue to protect our national security, stand up for refugees, and vigorously oppose the Administration’s shameful ban.”