Blumenauer on Resisting Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban, Keeping Commitment to Faithful Iraqi Allies

January 30, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) joined Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) in introducing the Statue of Liberty Values (SOLVe) Act, legislation to block Donald Trump’s cruel and unjustified executive order turning away immigrants and refugees. Additionally, as one of the key lawmakers who helped establish the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, he joined a bipartisan group of members of the House in sending a letter to Donald Trump, urging the United States to keep its commitment to faithful allies in Iraq — a commitment his executive order undermines.

Congressman Blumenauer released the following statement:

“This executive order is callous and disgraceful. Turning away individuals based on broad-brush characterizations of religious affiliation is wrong and un-American. That’s why I joined Rep. Lofgren and others to introduce legislation nullifying and defunding Donald Trump’s executive order.  

“The entire order is abhorrent, but one part in particular dismisses the needs of our Iraqi allies who performed vital support roles with the United States mission in Iraq. These Iraqis worked with our military and agency personnel as interpreters, guides, firefighters, and drivers, to name a few, and then became the target of threats because of the assistance they provided to our country. Turning our backs on the partners who fought for us and who we promised to protect is morally reprehensible. 

"Secretary of Defense James Mattis is pushing for an exemption to the executive order for our Iraqi allies. I joined colleagues from across the aisle in supporting this effort. We differ in our views of the executive order as a whole, but at least they support minimal changes. 

"Allowing an exemption to the order for Iraqis who worked with the U.S. government is absolutely not enough. It’s a tiny, commonsense piece of an executive order that needs to be completely thrown out. 

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