Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Morris/Essex) issued the following statement Monday to condemn President Donald J. Trump’s executive order denying refugees and citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entry into the United States:
“This nation began as a refuge. Since its founding, the United States of America has been a symbol of hope for people living in fear in faraway lands. Men and women come here and – perhaps for the first time in their lives – don’t have to worry about bombs destroying their homes or terrorist groups conscripting their children. We have welcomed them with open arms, because fundamentally, that’s who we are – a people fiercely committed to standing up for and sharing our ideals of freedom, justice and democracy.
“Despite the president’s executive order, that spirit has not changed. In New Jersey, we will remain steadfast in our belief that those who flee war and persecution abroad can find a new home here, regardless of their faith or nation of origin.
“The president’s executive order is a sorely misguided declaration that those who follow Islam are not welcome in America. Not only is this un-American and immoral, it is detrimental to the country’s effort to combat terrorism. The United States turning away innocent families who seek an escape from some of the most dangerous situations in the world simply because of their faith only will fuel enmity among those extremists who want to cause Americans harm.
“I will stand with refugees, even if it means standing against Washington. Our nation’s global image depends on it, as does national security.”