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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Block President Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban

January 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today joined more than 160 House Democrats in introducing legislation to defund and rescind President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program. The Statue of Liberty Values Act states that President Trump’s Executive Order will have no effect or force of law and states that no funds or fees shall be used to implement the order.  

“The president’s executive order is unconstitutional, immoral, and makes our country less safe. I have heard from hundreds of constituents over the last few days who are strongly opposed to this harmful order. I will not allow our refugee admission program to be decimated and refuse to sit quietly as the president implements a de facto Muslim ban. This is not who we are, and I will continue using all possible means to prevent this executive order from being implemented,” said Slaughter.

President Trump’s outrageous Executive Order shuts out people from several Muslim nations and ends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), running counter to our nation’s fundamental values. Over the weekend, Americans witnessed chaos at airports across the country as travelers - including Lawful Permanent Residents, children, and elderly persons - were denied entry to the United States.

The president’s Executive Order is bad policy and it makes our country less safe. A bipartisan group of national security experts, led by Secretaries Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger explained, “Categorically refusing to take [refugees] only feeds the narrative of ISIS that there is a war between Islam and the West, that Muslims are not welcome in the United States and Europe, and that the ISIS caliphate is their true home. We must make clear that the United States rejects this worldview by continuing to offer refuge to the world’s most vulnerable people, regardless of their religion or nationality.”


Text of the Statue of Liberty Values Act is available here.