Reps. Kildee, Conyers, Levin, Lawrence, Dingell: Schuette Must Challenge President Trump’s Muslim Ban

January 30, 2017

Lawmakers Send Letter to Michigan’s Attorney General “Extremely Concerned” With His Four-Day Silence on President Trump’s Unconstitutional Ban

WASHINGTON – Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today, along with Representatives John Conyers (MI-13), Sander Levin (MI-09), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12), has sent a letter to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette imploring him to join other U.S. Attorneys General in challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning refugees from majority-Muslim countries. Congressman Kildee and members on the letter have been outspoken in opposition to President Trump’s order since it was announced Friday.

“You have sworn an oath to not only support and defend the U.S. Constitution, but also the Constitution of the state of Michigan. Article I, Section 2, of the Michigan Constitution states that no person shall ‘be denied the enjoyment of his civil or political rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of religion, race, color or national origin.’ The executive order is in clear violation of this principle,” the lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Schuette.

“The people of Michigan deserve to know that they will not be subject to arbitrary detention and deportation merely based on their religion. As Attorney General, you must speak out and use your office to challenge President Trump’s executive order, which is a clear violation of the constitutional rights of your constituents,” the lawmakers continued.

On Sunday, Attorneys General from 16 U.S. states issued a joint statement condemning President Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations. Attorney General Schuette did not sign the statement and has been silent on President Trump’s executive order since it was announced Friday.

Counterterrorism experts have voiced concern that such bans are a powerful recruiting tool for terrorists trying to do us harm. Many officials, including some Republicans in Congress, are saying President Trump’s policy could make America less safe.‎

The text of their letter to Attorney General Schuette is below:

Attorney General Schuette:

As members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, we are extremely concerned with your silence on President Trump’s recent executive order regarding the detention of refugees and immigrants entering this country from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

This overly broad Muslim ban not only impacts previously admitted individuals and refugees fleeing from war, but also those who are legal permanent residents of the United States. This executive order does nothing to increase the safety of our country; counterterrorism officials have actually said that such an across-the-board ban could make America less safe. It is a thinly veiled attempt to create a religious ban that is a clear violation of the principles our country was founded upon, including religious freedom.

You have sworn an oath to not only support and defend the U.S. Constitution, but also the Constitution of the state of Michigan. Article I, Section 2, of the Michigan Constitution states that no person shall “be denied the enjoyment of his civil or political rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of religion, race, color or national origin.” The executive order is in clear violation of this principle.

The people of Michigan deserve to know that they will not be subject to arbitrary detention and deportation merely based on their religion. As Attorney General, you must speak out and use your office to challenge President Trump’s executive order, which is a clear violation of constitutional rights of your constituents.

Dan Kildee

John Conyers

Sander Levin

Brenda Lawrence

Debbie Dingell

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