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Peter DeFazio for Congress

Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

by Peter DeFazio

Over the weekend, President Trump issued an unlawful executive order on immigration with an ill-conceived plan that purports to strengthen our national security. Instead, it violates our core American values. It incites hatred and sends a message to the world that Muslims are not welcome here, alienating our allies and serving as a recruiting tool for terrorist groups.

We are a nation of immigrants and our doors have always been open to the most vulnerable.

It's become very clear to me that my colleagues in Congress, from both sides of the aisle, must work together to restrain President Trump from inflicting more damage to our country. Today, I am co-sponsoring the "Statue of Liberty Values Act" (SOLVe) which will nullify Trump's executive order. The bill states that the executive order will have no force of law and prevents any funds or fees from being used to implement the order.

Posted on January 30, 2017.