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DelBene: We Must Rescind Trump’s Reckless Executive Order – a Cruel Targeting of Individuals Based on Religion, Nationality

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Washington, DC, January 30, 2017 | comments

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined colleagues in introducing the SOLVE Act to rescind President Trump’s executive order, which halted the resettlement of refugees and suspended admission of citizens of predominately Muslim countries.

“President Trump’s irresponsible executive order has created chaos and fear across the world. This is what happens when the President and his administration issue a reckless order late at night with no thought to the implementation or consideration of the impact on individuals and families,” DelBene said. “I cosponsored the SOLVE Act to ensure we rescind the President’s executive order, which is nothing more than cruel targeting of individuals based on religion and nationality.”

The Statue of Liberty Values Act (SOLVE Act), introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), states that President Trump’s executive order will have no effect or force of law and would prohibit any funds or fees from being used to implement the order.

DelBene went to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 28, after learning individuals traveling to Washington with visas were detained at the airport and denied entry into the United States because of President Trump’s executive order. With the help of ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, two detainees were released Sunday morning.

DelBene also wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an explanation for why so little information was communicated to members of Congress during her visit to the airport.

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