Washington, March 8, 2017: Top Indian Lawmakers said, the new revised executive order, the new travel ban, temporarily banning entry of people from six Muslim majority nations into the United States, excluding Iraq from the list, “does not make us safe.”
“Make no mistake: this ban does not keep us safe. It puts American lives at risk while isolating the Muslim community at a time when we need to address the threat of homegrown extremism. No matter the changes, this executive action remains immoral and fundamentally un-American,” California Senator Kamala Harris said.
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Harris, the first Indian American US Senator said, “While I welcome the decision to omit Iraq from the list of banned countries, the President still has an obligation to provide evidence of a national security threat posed by immigrants and refugees from the remaining six countries.’
She added,” Omitting one nation from this list does not terminate the need to provide the Americans with meaningful evidence in support of this ban. The White House failed to provide actual explanation and justification based on facts despite having more than a month.”
Jayapal, one of the four Indian American who recently joined Harris in the House of Representatives, others including Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna, is the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the House.
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Jayapal said that Trump has been forced to accept that his original travel ban was not only unconstitutional but also ineptly executed. “The new order recognizes that we must honor the visas of those who already have been given clearance to come to the United States, as well as excludes legal permanent residents and dual citizens affected by the ban,” she said.
“Excluding Iraq is another clear sign that such a ban would hurt our coalition efforts to promote peace in the Middle East. In the first place, nationwide protests and the Court should not have been necessary to stop such orders”
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The president was “irresponsible” in “throwing” the country into chaos and putting fear in the hearts of millions of families, she added.
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