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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence on the 9th Circuit’s ruling on Trump’s Immigrant and Refugee Executive Order

February 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled to uphold the block of the President’s Executive Order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees.  This ruling once again blocked the Trump Administration and kept our nation’s doors open. In their decision, the three judges made it clear—the President’s Administration completely overstepped their constitutional authority:

“The United States is a nation founded on checks and balances. When the President abuses power, it is the job of our courts and our judicial system to rein him or her in. That is what President Trump did by issuing a Muslim ban in the early days of his Administration. Yesterday was a victory for the inclusion and diversity that makes us great.  However, we will need to keep a close eye and ear to what comes from this Administration moving forward.  We must be ready to fight against division and injustice in all its forms.  

“The damaging effects of this Administration has had a nation-wide impact including the 14th district of Michigan. We’ve heard their cries and concerns, and it is clear that the Executive Order violates the values of America. I support a strong vetting system that keeps us safe, but oppose this attack on justice and equality. I’m proud to have co-sponsored the SOLVE Act, legislation that would void President Trump’s reckless Executive Order and prohibit the use of funds for implementing and administering the ban. President Trump should immediately withdraw this ban, and instead work with Congress to protect our nation without closing our doors to those in need.

“In the 14th district and nation-wide, we know how valuable it is to have people of all backgrounds included and brought into the American fabric. Immigrants and refugees, wherever they come from, make us stronger as a country. America is great because we are inclusive, bridging divides and shining the light of liberty for all to see.”