Cicilline Statement on Trump Closing America’s Doors to Refugees Fleeing Unspeakable Violence

Jan 27, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to suspend the admission of Syrian refugees to the United States:

“We are a nation of immigrants. Rhode Island was founded by a refugee, Roger Williams. Since 1776, our country has been a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world. We have always welcomed those fleeing unspeakable violence with open arms.”

“This executive order is an outright betrayal of the values that define our nation. Today, we are allowing fear and hysteria to prevail over facts and reason. Vetting for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program already requires that anyone seeking to come to our country undergo multiple high-level security checks, biometric screening, a mandatory in-person interview with the Department of Homeland Security, medical exams, and a cultural orientation program, as well as a determination that the individual does not pose a threat to the United States. The entire process takes 18-24 months. And it works – not a single Syrian refugee has been convicted of a terrorism-related offense in the United States.”

“Donald Trump already knows this, but he’s nonetheless chosen to cruelly demonize refugees today just to gain a short-term political victory. One day, we will look back on January 27th, 2017, as a day when the President failed to maintain our American values. This executive order does nothing to make our nation safer. It will not prevent future terrorist attacks.”

“In fact, the only thing that will happen as a result is that more innocent men, women, and children will die.”