White Plains, NY – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s executive order instituting religious tests for refugees:
“For more than 200 years, the United States has been a haven and symbol of hope for people around the world fleeing persecution, violence, and unspeakable horror. Our Statue of Liberty proudly proclaims, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.’ Yet, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump enacted an unconstitutional executive order banning people of a particular religion from entering the United States.
“We already have strict security vetting requirements for refugees, and the President’s order will not make us safer. In fact, our enemies will use President Trump’s directive for propaganda and recruitment, bolstering their efforts to damage America’s global stature and endanger the lives of US citizens at home and abroad. Even Republicans, including Vice President Pence, former Vice President Cheney, and Speaker Ryan, have criticized religious tests for entering our country.
“Our nation’s most powerful foreign policy tool is our moral leadership. President Trump’s action does not live up to America’s core values of equality and religious freedom, and he must rescind his executive order immediately.”