Dem rep on Trump's refugee order: 'I am ashamed that he is our president'

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Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) ripped President Trump over his executive order Friday calling for new vetting of refugees entering the U.S.

“We are a nation of immigrants, and America is stronger when we welcome the refugees of our enemies. These policies do not put America first. I am ashamed that he is our president,” Moulton said in a statement.

“President Trump is leading our country out of fear instead of facts. His executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from some Muslim majority countries to the United States play right into the hands of our enemies," he added.

The White House did not provide immediate details Friday about Trump's executive order, but reports suggest the U.S. would stop issuing visas to people coming from several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.

The order reportedly suspends all refugee admissions for four months for the administration to determine countries that post the greatest risk and is also expected to block refugees from war-torn Syria.

"ISIS has already used his statements to help recruit new suicide bombers, and you can bet Trump’s policies will help inspire attacks against Americans both at home and abroad," Moulton said Friday, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“His policies literally put our troops’ lives at risk—I’ve heard this loud and clear when I have visited them overseas. They also prove he has zero understanding of our country’s values and no intention of defending our Constitution," added Moulton, who served four tours in Iraq before entering Congress in 2015.

Moulton's statement echoed that of other Democrats on Friday including Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), who accused Trump of having "handed ISIS a path to rebirth.”

Source: The Hill


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