Pelosi Statement on Partial Implementation of President Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban
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Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after parts of President Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban took effect on Thursday evening, under new, highly restrictive guidelines:
“President Trump’s discriminatory, unjust and dangerous Muslim and refugee ban undermines our national security and insults our founding values. While the Supreme Court’s move on Monday to largely lift the injunctions against this openly prejudicial ban is deeply disappointing, Americans should be even more alarmed by the Trump Administration’s capricious and cruel interpretation of that decision.
“The Trump Administration’s pinched definition of family targets grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews of American citizens. Keeping grandparents and grandchildren separated is exactly the kind of arbitrary cruelty behind this Administration’s entire agenda. Loved ones will be kept apart for no reason other than senseless prejudice.
“Far from keeping America safe, the Administration is handing terrorists a powerful recruiting tool and proving that discrimination, not national security, drives its decisions. For the sake of our values and the security of America, Democrats will continue to press for this dangerous and immoral ban to be rescinded or overturned.”
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