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McCollum Statement on Trump Executive Orders Attacking Immigrants and Refugees

January 25, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s executive actions attacking immigrants and refugees:

“President Trump’s executive actions regarding refugees and immigrants, as well as sanctuary cities like St. Paul and Minneapolis, are a cruel and callous attack on at-risk and vulnerable people. They shamefully betray our values as Minnesotans and Americans.

“Blocking fully vetted refugees fleeing violence, terror and war from entering the United States does not make America safer. Instead, it sends an isolationist and fearful message to the world that our country is abdicating its international obligations. Specifically stopping refugees from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States is a bigoted action that will be a propaganda bonanza for ISIL and other extremist groups. President Trump’s order is not rooted in reality or facts. In fact, it is antithetical to our values of tolerance, openness and religious freedom. 

“These executive actions directly punish St. Paul as a sanctuary city. President Trump has demonized immigrants to score political points and it has worked for him. But in cities that reject Trump’s racism and bigotry, like St. Paul, we will stay safe by ensuring that our law enforcement works closely with all our communities. 

“Finally, President Trump’s steps today to move forward with building a wall on the United States-Mexico border will waste taxpayer dollars while further isolating our country from our neighbors. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will strongly oppose spending a single cent of taxpayer money on this unnecessary wall.

“Fighting against President Trump’s destructive agenda will require courage and commitment on the part of all citizens. Leaders in business, non-profits, unions, elected office, and key public sector positions must stand together with engaged citizens to take action against policies that are corrosive to Minnesota’s future. As President Trump continues to bully the vulnerable, I will take the fight to him and his supporters in Congress.”