Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on President Trump’s Refugee Ban

January 27, 2017

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from many majority-Muslim nations:

“President Trump’s ban is morally wrong and not consistent with our American values. Such a blanket policy stigmatizes an entire religion and casts doubt upon thousands of peaceful Muslims in Michigan who are our neighbors, co-workers and friends. Counterterrorism experts have voiced concern that such bans are a powerful recruiting tool for terrorists trying to do us harm. President Trump’s policy could make America less safe.‎

“Right now, refugees from all countries undergo thorough security screenings before they are allowed into the U.S., including screenings by counterterrorism, FBI, Homeland Security and Department of Defense officials. This rigorous security assessment includes fingerprinting, background checks and in-person interviews. In total, this process takes up to two years to ensure that refugees entering the U.S. have been thoroughly vetted.

“We must also remember that refugees who are fleeing their homes— overwhelmingly women and children — are victims of terror themselves. With vigorous safeguards I know that we can both protect the security of Americans while honoring our country’s values to help the vulnerable and oppressed.”