Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) released the following statement in response to the executive order signed by President Trump:
“A sweeping denial of refuge to families facing persecution and bloodshed abroad is not an effective way to protect our citizens. My first priority is always the safety of the American people, and to be clear, refugees already undergo more rigorous security screenings than any other traveler or immigrant to the U.S.
“President Trump’s decision to target immigrants from Muslim-majority countries goes against the essential right to religious liberty that is a founding principle of our nation.
“We can, and we must, protect Americans while also recognizing the basic humanity of all people.”