WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos responded to President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven countries. This executive order very clearly undermines the safety of refugees fleeing the very terrorists we are at war with, and jeopardizes the security of American troops across the globe. As was detailed in a New York Times story this morning, at least two Iraqis who had worked with American forces for years were detained at JFK Airport in New York as a direct result of the executive order President Trump issued yesterday.
“Once again, President Donald Trump’s impulsive behavior has put lives at risk – this time it’s innocent victims fleeing ISIS terrorists and Iraqis who stood with our military who will pay the price for President Trump’s actions. Donald Trump’s hastily drafted executive order diminishes America’s superpower role as a global example for democracy while undermining our national security by breaking the trust between American troops in the field and the foreign fighters they count on every single day. There is no question that we must have secure borders and comprehensive vetting procedures for new immigrants, but Donald Trump’s action slams the door on women and children fleeing from the horror of ISIS terrorists and Russian bombing raids. I strongly urge President Trump to rescind this un-American and dangerous executive order before serious damage is done.”