Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s executive order halting all refugees from entering the United States and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries that resulted in the detainment of travelers with valid U.S. visas and travel documents at airports across the country over the weekend:
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms President Donald Trump’s executive order. This order flies in the face of American values and raises serious legal and constitutional implications.
“This executive order was written and signed to incite fear and division among the American people. It does nothing to improve our national security. In fact, I believe it endangers American lives by feeding ISIS propaganda that the United States is at war with Islam.
“This order was ill conceived and implemented in a way that has caused chaos and confusion across the nation. It is clear from the confusion in airports across the country that this executive order was not properly vetted prior to its signing. I am particularly concerned that this order went into effect without any guidance from the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Defense.
“Today, I will stand with my colleagues on the steps of the United States Supreme Court to protest this executive order and call for it to be immediately rescinded. I have also cosponsored legislation that, if enacted, would void the President’s executive order and block funding for its implementation, administration, and enforcement. My office continues to closely monitor this developing situation and stands ready to assist individuals who may be wrongly detained by this questionable executive order.
“Our nation is better than this and we will not stand for these types of hateful and discriminatory actions from the White House.”