CAPAC Chair Condemns Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Muslims and Refugees

Jan 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to temporarily restrict travel to the U.S. from a number of Muslim-majority countries. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement:

“This policy is blatant xenophobia parading as national security. Numerous studies have shown that refugees and immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born citizens. Yet Mr. Trump continues to rely on the false justification that the U.S. cannot risk admitting refugees, when the reality is that the U.S. already has one of the strictest refugee vetting policies in the world. The refugees seeking asylum here are overwhelmingly women and parents who do not pose a threat to our country, but simply want a chance to live in peace, away from the horrors of war and refugee camps. For them, this policy is a death sentence.

“Worse, by focusing on Muslim countries, Mr. Trump is perpetuating the hostility towards Muslims that has led to a marked rise in hate crimes in the U.S. Any immigration plans that further isolate Muslims as a whole will not make us safer, but rather will put entire communities at risk, and embolden our enemies. Sadly, we have seen these callous policies before when we closed our borders to Jews fleeing Germany during World War II. Those were the wrong choices then, and they are the wrong choices now. I urge him to end this wrongheaded policy of prejudice, fear, and division.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.