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Moulton: “I will continue to fight for those American values when they are under assault from within…”
Salem, MA – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) released the following statement about President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order.
“Ensuring the safety of Americans here at home and our troops abroad is one of my most sacred responsibilities as a Member of Congress. Refugees already undergo the most comprehensive vetting for anyone seeking to enter the U.S., but if President Trump wants to make improvements to the process, just as President Obama did, then I will support those efforts. Of course, they must be constitutional and aligned with our values as in all things our government does. But this new ban does absolutely nothing to strengthen the vetting process. It just suspends all visas for individuals in six Muslim majority countries and completely shuts down the refugee program. And while Iraq was removed from the list, thousands of Iraqis who applied for refugee status will be barred from coming to the U.S.
“These are men, women, and children who are fleeing violence and persecution by terrorists. Their enemies are America’s enemies. By turning our backs on them, it makes it more difficult to work with our allies in the Middle East, allies who are vital to defeating ISIS and other terrorist groups. President Trump’s ban continues to make us less safe and is in total opposition to the values upon which our country was founded. I will continue to fight for those American values when they are under assault from within just as I put my life on the line to defend them overseas.”
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