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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Meets with Community Leaders to Address the President’s Muslim Ban Executive Order

February 6, 2017
Press Release

Southfield, MI – Today, Congresswoman Lawrence met with civil leaders representing Michigan’s 14th district to address the impact of Trump’s travel ban affecting immigrants and refugees:

“Today represented an overwhelming opposition in our community of various sectors that are against the injustice and inhumanity of President Trump’s executive order banning travel of immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries and indefinitely banning refugees from Syria. 

“The attendees in the room included representatives in the legal field, Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders, civil rights leaders, directors of non-profit organizations helping with immigrants and many others. All joined together today to speak about the harm the Muslim ban has already made and the potential dangers this ban could cause if fully put into effect.

“People fleeing from danger and persecution are at risk.  Families can be torn apart. While Muslims in America make up about 2% of our country’s population, they represent nearly 20% of America’s medical professionals.  Our immigrant students and medical residents are at risk and so is our future in American. Immigrants provide a great benefit to our country and these truths are undeniable.  This ban has resurrected old battles and fears that we should not have to fight anymore. Too much progress has been made, too much is at stake and we have too much to lose.

  “What was made clear by all is that the Constitution must be upheld and the community needs to be protected against forces that would deny their basic civil and human rights.  This is a time for us to come together and support each other, support our laws and standards and support our American values of liberty and justice for all.”