WASHINGTON – Today, led by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), House Democrats are filing legislation making President Trump’s controversial Immigration Executive Order null and void. In the Senate, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are leading efforts to rescind the Executive Order and stop its funding.
In the House, the “Statute of Liberty Values Act” (SOLVe) states that President Trump’s Executive Order will have no effect or force of law, and that no funds or fees shall be used to implement the Order.
The ban will disrupt Iranian American immigrant petitions, student visas, as well as family visitation and emergency medical care for loved ones. Such blanket measures are discriminatory and may pose an undue hardship on Iranian Americans. Click here for updated clarifications from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Furthermore, the Executive Order is counterproductive to United States’ policy interests in engaging the Iranian people and supporting their popular democratic aspirations. It undermines the solidarity between the peoples of both countries and serves the interests of hardliners in Tehran.
It also makes our nation less safe, feeding into extremist narratives that the U.S. is at war with Islam and alienates the groups we need to be working with in countering violent extremism.
“President Trump’s outrageous Executive Order to shut out people from several Muslim nations, and end the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), runs counter to the fundamental values that we cherish as Americans,” explained Representatives Lofgren, Conyers, Dingell, and Meng in a letter to their House colleagues. “Not only it is morally reprehensible, but it will only serve to make the United States less safe as it provides fuel for ISIS propaganda that the U.S. is at war with Islam.”
Whether Congress decides to rescind the Executive Order is up to you! It is of particular importance for Republicans to hear from their constituents. Urge your Representative to support the SOLVe Act.