Interfaith Worker Justice: Trump’s latest travel ban is anti-American and hurts working families

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Contact: Ian Pajer-Rogers | ipajer-rogers[at]iwj[dot]org

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CHICAGO (March 6, 2017) — The following is a statement from Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Laura Barrett regarding today’s executive order reinstating the president’s ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries:

“As the White House reintroduces its plan to temporarily bar residents of six predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States, the Trump Administration has once again implemented a policy that will tear apart working families, create a culture of fear whenever immigrants interact with law enforcement, and embolden terrorists who feed off of the hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric of this president and his team.

“Of course, the travel ban itself defies logic. Not a single terrorist act has been committed on American soil by any citizen of any country on the president’s list. Instead of making our country safer, the president’s order today resigns to the wastebasket the great tradition of openness and diversity that truly makes our country great.

“We call on citizens everywhere to hit the streets and head to the airports to demonstrate against this anti-American travel ban and do whatever we must to protect the most vulnerable amongst us.”