Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban:
“President Trump’s latest executive order would essentially enact his unconstitutional Muslim ban. This type of religious discrimination is wrong and ineffective – in fact, all it accomplishes is stirring up bigotry and violence against American Muslims, alienating our Muslim allies across the world, and helping terrorist organizations like ISIS recruit new supporters. Make no mistake, these executive orders make our country less safe.
“This evening, an Iranian couple that lives in Nevada and are legal permanent residents of this country were detained at the Chicago O’Hare airport, and there are multiple reports of this happening around the country. Detaining legal permanent residents at our airports when they are coming home goes against our core American values, including our fundamental belief in religious freedom. This is not the way to unite our country, this is governing by fear, intimidation and divisiveness, and it is wrong.”