Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to President Donald John Trump’s new executive order banning Muslims and refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States:
“It’s perplexing that President Trump, who’s first Muslim and refugee ban was shot-down by multiple courts, has once again attempted to prohibit the same groups from entering the United States. No matter how you repackage it, this new executive order is still immoral, discriminatory, unconstitutional, and un-American. Furthermore, by removing Iraq from the list of banned nations, President Trump has exposed just how arbitrary this action truly is.
“Doubling down on this shameful policy will not make America safer – rather, it will put Americans at risk. President Trump should take the hint from the countless Americans that protested the first time he took this un-American action that his misguided priorities are not who we are as a nation.
“Rather than attempting to distract the American public, the President must answer for his Attorney General’s act of perjury before the Senate Judiciary Committee, his reckless and unsubstantiated wiretapping claims, and his administration’s ties to the Russian government. The American people deserve to know the truth.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.