CAPAC Chair Judy Chu's Statement on Trump’s Repackaged Muslim Ban

Mar 6, 2017 Issues: Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order to update and reinstate his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries after his first order was stopped by a federal court. His previous travel ban, issued on January 27, 2017, halted all refugee resettlement for 120 days, banned Syrian refugees indefinitely, and gave priority to Christians as a minority religion. The repackaged executive order is the same, but creates exceptions for visa holders and legal permanent residents (LPRs), removes Iraq from the list of targeted countries, subjects Syrian refugees to the same review period as other countries, and ends the preferential treatment of Christians. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“This order has nothing to do with national security, and everything to do with encouraging fear of Muslims. Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security has concluded that nationality has little to do with one’s potential to engage in terrorist acts. From the first day that then-candidate Trump stood up to announce his idea of a Muslim ban, he has been painfully clear about his intentions. And if there were any doubt, his stated desire to give Christians preferential treatment under his first executive order – something that is blatantly unconstitutional – showed that he was in search of a legally palatable way to implement a Muslim ban as President.

“The tweaks made today do not make this order any less unconstitutional or immoral than the last. No individual from any of the countries named in this order has committed an act of terror in the United States. And worse, he’s particularly targeting refugees – some of the most vulnerable and least dangerous people in the world. If President Trump truly wants to make America safer, he will drop this fanatical and ideological war against Islam, stop his plans to gut the budget of the State Department, and listen to the advice of national security and law enforcement officials who have warned against isolating the Muslim community in this way. As it stands, this updated order is still a policy of cruelty and bigotry and I will continue to resist it as an elected Representative and as an American citizen.”

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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.