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Congressman Andre Carson

Representing the 7th District of INDIANA

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Congressman Carson Condemns Restrictions on Muslim Immigrants, Calls for Reversal of Executive Order

Jan 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. André Carson (D-IN), the first Muslim Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement:

“This weekend, President Trump’s Muslim ban went into effect. Masked by the words “extreme vetting” President Trump’s latest Executive Order halts the arrival of all refugees and blocks admission of immigrants, including permanent residents and those who have already been vetted and received visas for entry, from seven predominately Muslim countries. This is the first step towards delivering on his bigoted campaign promise to keep Muslims out of our country.

“President Trump and all Americans are right to be concerned about national security, but it’s unacceptable to stigmatize an entire religion out of fear.   

“I applaud the injunction against President Trump’s Executive Order and call on the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to respect the ruling. Congress will continue to debate immigration and national security, but now is not the time for prolonged partisan negotiations. Thousands of families are having their lives disrupted by this Executive Order and they need our help now. 

“I am preparing a letter to the Trump Administration to call for a reversal of this Executive Order. My office has spoken with officials from Indianapolis’ Refugee Resettlement Agencies and I plan on continuing to work with them to ensure our city can offer a home for those seeking peace and safety.”