Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to President Trump’s Executive Orders

Jan 30, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan signed on as an original cosponsor of the "Statue of Liberty Values Act" (SOLVE), legislation aimed at stopping President Trump’s use of executive orders to ban immigration from Muslim-majority countries, and halt the US refugee resettlement program. The bill would prohibit funds, resources, and fees from being made available by the United States Congress to any Federal agency to be used to implement, administer, enforce, or carry out any of the policy changes set forth in the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” signed by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017.

“President Trump’s executive actions banning immigrants and refugees —primarily Muslims-- to our country is a dramatic and shameful departure from the values system that has helped make the United States a beacon of hope, compassion, and freedom around the world. These orders make it impossible for us to welcome brave interpreters and their families who have assisted U.S. Armed Forces abroad to the safety of our shores and discourages interpreters from working with our troops in the future. It denies bright, driven students the opportunity to study at our universities and contribute to new research that could benefit the world. And it senselessly tears apart young families who are simply trying to find refuge from horror, the likes of which many of us can only imagine.

“Any system for vetting immigrants and refugees should always be open for improvement, but this heartless ban is simply political theater. It plays directly into the hands of our enemies. This executive order will make it extremely difficult for our Armed Forces operating in the Middle East to find local interpreters and intelligence sources because they see that we will no longer honor our promise to protect them after putting their lives on the line to assist our troops. Further, Trump’s refugee ban will be used as a recruitment tool for ISIS or other extremist groups to grow their ranks and sow further distrust in our country, playing into their propaganda that the United States is at war with Islam.

“We cannot allow President Trump’s ill-conceived, dangerous Executive Order to put our national security and the lives of these innocent refugees at risk.”