WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement on Monday after President Trump re-issued his harmful restriction on refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority nations in Africa and the Middle East. Murphy announced that he will introduce legislation – similar to the legislation he introduced in January – that will reverse President Trump’s dangerous executive order and block its implementation.
"President Trump is handing ISIS recruitment gold and is putting American lives at risk," said Murphy. "Our enemies’ dream is to paint a picture of global war between Islam and the West, and today's travel ban plays right into their hands. I will immediately revise and re-introduce my bill to block its implementation."
"The real danger to America is not from refugees, who are fleeing persecution and violence and have already been thoroughly vetted,” added Murphy. “The danger is that we help ISIS recruit lone-wolf terrorists here at home by convincing them that they have no place in our society. ISIS is losing on the battlefield, but President Trump just handed a big victory to our adversaries in the long-term fight against violent extremism.”
In January, Murphy penned an op-ed in the Huffington Post about President Trump’s travel ban entitled, “How Trump Just Made America Less Safe.”