President Trump’s entry ban on immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries – and refugees from anywhere – is making our country less safe, and has compromised our most sacred values.
This ban has handed a potent recruiting tool to international terrorists by communicating that America is at war with Muslims.
And in addition to refugees, it’s left behind even those Muslims who put their lives, and the lives of their families, at risk to help American military servicemembers in war zones. This weekend, on U.S. soil, our government detained and handcuffed an Iraqi translator who risked his life to support U.S. troops. It’s appalling.
The notion that our government would prioritize one religion for admittance to our nation flies in the face of our sacred, founding values of liberty and freedom of religion.
We cannot, and I will not, sit idly by while this happens. As the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, I’ve demanded a meeting with DHS Secretary Kelly. I’ll be fighting, and I urge you to pick up the phone and call the White House, write letters and emails, march – use your voice to speak out for what’s right.