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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Joins House Democrats, Khan To Introduce Freedom of Religion Act

February 2, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) joined House Democrats and Gold Star Father Khizr Khan today to introduce the Freedom of Religion Act, which prohibits the use of religious litmus tests as a means to ban immigrants, refugees, and international visitors trying to enter the United States. The legislation would help overturn President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees, discriminating against Muslim immigrants, and targeting Muslim Americans.

“Our Constitution could not be more explicit: in the United States, we treat everyone the same no matter what God they worship or whether they don't worship a God at all. Back home in Minnesota, these tolerant, welcoming values keep our state strong. Minnesotans are better off because we have embraced immigrants of every nationality and religion, including the vibrant Muslim American community that calls our Twin Cities home,” Congresswoman McCollum said in her remarks at the press conference introducing the legislation. “Discriminating based on religion, as President Donald Trump's executive order has done, divides our communities and makes our country more isolated in the world. We’ve seen the impact of this order in Minnesota this past week and we know that it makes our country weaker, not stronger.”

In addition to her original co-sponsorship of the Freedom of Religion Act, sponsored by Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), Congresswoman McCollum is supporting numerous other efforts to negate President Trump’s cruel, discriminatory executive order, including the Statue of Liberty Values Act, which would invalidate the order and prevent federal funds or fees from being used to implement it.

“Over the past week, people from every walk of life have stood up and spoken out against President Trump's discriminatory executive order. We have heard from business leaders and labor unions, educators and the faith community, military veterans and distinguished diplomats,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “This is not a time to remain silent. My Republican friends should speak out and join us supporting the Freedom of Religion Act, the Statue of Liberty Values Act, and every effort we can undertake to defend of our Constitution and our American values.”