Response to Executive order on migrants and refugees

On January 28th, 2017, the American Solidarity Party released this statement in solidarity with refugees and others impacted by President Trump’s recent executive actions on migration.

President Trump recently signed an executive order that bans the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days, even if they already have valid U.S. visas or are legal permanent U.S. residents. In addition, he has suspended the entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days and has barred the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely. President Trump states that these “extreme vetting” measures were established to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of our country. The American Solidarity Party supports the goal of preventing terrorists from reaching our shores; but in these executive orders, President Trump has escalated and exploited a climate of fear that is far disproportionate to the actual threat. National Security and border integrity is an essential duty of government; however, we must refuse to make false choices between security and taking care of the least of those among us. There are options based on common good, common ground, and common sense.

The existing process for refugee vetting is robust and thorough, but we welcome and encourage a review and potential strengthening that respects all people and honors our previous commitments to visa and green card holders. Government should also partner with groups in the U.S. that have experience in dealing with refugees, which would enable smoother transitions for refugees and local communities. We also stand firmly by the practice of giving priority to women, children, those who have been subjected to torture, and the disabled. The smart thing to do and the right thing to do are not mutually exclusive, despite the media and administration’s insistence otherwise.

We applaud the court decision to stay elements of the executive order, but we know that this one action is not enough. Our country can successfully protect its citizens while simultaneously standing in solidarity with the majority of Muslim Nationals, and the scared and huddled masses who mean this country no harm. We stand in solidarity with any person from one of these seven countries who considers the United States a land of opportunity – who desires to live here, work hard, and follow our laws. We stand in solidarity with every refugee who has fled a war-torn country begging for humanitarian assistance, believing that America is a beacon of light and hope to the world. In justice, they deserve a home, and in solidarity, we can offer one.

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