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Courtney Statement On President Trump's Revised Travel Ban

March 6, 2017
Press Release

NORWICH, CT —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02)  made the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a revised executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily halting all refugee resettlement activities in the United States.

“Our moderate allies from Muslim-majority nations have repeatedly warned President Trump that these rash orders damage our standing to lead the anti-ISIS collation and other counter-terrorism activities around the globe,” said Courtney. “Whatever advantage the Trump administration thinks they have gained with tweaking the prior order is not going to change the backlash we will inevitably experience overseas.”

“We are a nation of opportunity and a nation of immigrants, and this blanket ban on entry from six nations could mean that best and the brightest from those countries, and other Muslim-majority countries will no longer view the United States as an option for making a better life. This ban is not only a prize propaganda tool for terrorists who want to hurt us, it hurts American prestige abroad, and harms American businesses, schools, and institutions that rely on the hard work of immigrants from around the world, including these six countries.”