Velazquez on Courts Blocking of Second Muslim Ban
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding two Courts ruling against the President’s revised Muslim Ban Executive Order:
“At its heart, this policy is an affront to our nation’s values. No matter how the President’s advisers try to dress it up, this remains a flagrantly unconstitutional form of rank discrimination. The President’s own hateful rhetoric from the campaign has provided multiple Courts with enough evidence to rule against the Administration. It is my hope that the President will now abandon this ill-conceived policy, but if he continues pursuing it, we will continue fighting it at every turn.”
In January, when the first Executive Order was being implemented, Velázquez went to John F. Kennedy International Airport where several individuals were being detained under the Order. One of those travelers, an Iraqi interpreter who had previously worked with the U.S. government in Iraq and who was released after her intervention, was Velázquez’s guest to the President’s speech to Congress in February.