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Connecticut officials react to refugee, travel bans

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty called President Trump's refugee ban a stain on the nation's history.  She also said the ban only offers an illusion of safety.  Esty says the immigration ban is disastrous and a grave threat to national security because it will embolden ISIS's recruiting efforts, put our troops in danger, and weaken our standing in the world. 

 

Esty called on her colleagues in Congress to work together to respond accordingly.  She says she stands ready to provide assistance to any family in the 5th District endangered by these executive orders or is seeking additional information.

 

4th District Congressman Jim Himes called President Trump's executive order temporary ban of refugees and immigrants inhumane.  Himes says this undermines the United States' national security and the country's moral authority while causing even more suffering for those fleeing war-torn regions or oppressive regimes. 

 

Himes added that this action has brought the dark dreams of anti-Muslim hate rhetoric to life. He says he will do all he can to stop this action, including making sure the voices of all his constituents are heard, examining legal actions, and organizing his colleagues in Congress to do the same.

 

The attorneys general of 15 states and the District of Columbia are issuing a joint statement condemning as unconstitutional President Donald Trump's ban.  The attorneys general, including George Jepson of Connecticut, say that religious liberty has been a bedrock principle of the country and no president can change that truth.  The attorneys general say they expect Trump's executive order to be struck down, but in the meantime they'll work to make sure as few as possible suffer as a result of the order.

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Brian Kilmeade

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