Langevin Opposes Executive Order Blocking Refugee Resettlement

Jan 27, 2017 Issues: Immigration, International Human Rights

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to executive actions from President Donald Trump that would block entry into the United States by refugees:

“As a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I am deeply concerned by the President’s order to drastically reduce the number of refugees we will accept. America has always stood as a beacon of hope for the less fortunate around the globe, and it is shameful that President Trump is extinguishing that light.

“I am also disturbed about the President’s freezing refugee resettlement from certain Muslim-majority countries and ceasing the intake of any refugees from Syria. Vetting immigrants to ensure they do not pose a risk to Americans is vital, which is why I have supported the extensive processes of the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate refugees’ backgrounds. These processes work. Denying entry to Syrians facing the ravages of civil war and desperately seeking safety for their families goes against who we are as Americans, as does favoring one religion over another. There has never been and never should be a religious litmus test to enter the United States. Refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries – many of them women and children – are facing unspeakable violence and destruction in their native countries. To turn our backs to their suffering is contrary to the very core principles of our democracy.”