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Polis statement on Trump’s executive order targeting Muslims

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Washington, January 27, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s executive orders that will temporarily ban entries from several Muslim countries, and severely restrict all refugees from entering the U.S.

“Turning our backs on some of the most vulnerable populations throughout the world because of their religion is contrary to our values, and will only serve to further divide us as a nation,” Polis said.  “President Trump does not have the mandate for these extreme orders, and I will fight these harmful policies. These actions are highly disturbing, and they further underscore the need for both congressional Republicans and Democrats to come together and focus on fixing our broken immigration system in a practical and humane way."

President Trump's executive orders today follows actions Wednesday that mandate the building of a wall along the U.S. - Mexico border and invoke draconian measures that seek to block federal funding from sanctuary cities.

Since joining Congress in 2009, Rep. Polis has been a champion for fixing our broken immigration system to align with American values.  In October 2013, he introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill that would have improved national security, streamlined our country’s guest worker system, and created a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented individuals while also significantly reducing the national deficit. The Senate companion of this landmark bill passed in June 2013 and was widely heralded as one of the most significant attempts at comprehensive immigration reform in decades.

  

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