Protecting American Values and Repealing the #MuslimBan

Jan 30, 2017

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, I marched in Battery Park to protest the Trump Administration’s unconstitutional immigration executive order and tonight I was on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court with Democrats from across the country to fight this appalling action. I will not be silent when American values are under assault, which is exactly what is happening right now. Such hateful acts not only undermine our values and democracy but also threaten American security at home and abroad. 

I am supporting legislation, the Statue of Liberty Values Act (SOLVe), to repeal this executive order and am calling for a Congressional investigation into how this executive order was developed and implemented. This executive order, which has been partially repealed by federal courts, caused immense confusion and chaos around the country. Congress has an obligation to exercise its oversight authority to investigate how this order was developed and implemented. We need to know who was consulted before this executive action was taken and what guidance federal agencies were given for its implementation. We need to know what type of legal analysis was conducted and if the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel had the opportunity to vet such a troubling order. We need to know if White House political staff inappropriately overruled agency lawyers, as some reports indicate. We also need to investigate the Administration’s response to the federal court orders, given reports that some in the Administration may have ignored a federal judge’s emergency order halting the deportations.

Our country’s values are emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty, offering a promise to the world – “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” We must live up to this promise. We must tear up this executive order or tear down that statue, because the Administration’s actions have made its promise hollow and meaningless.

Our country is one of immigrants and it is our diversity that makes us such a great nation. It is our differences that give us strength. It is our inclusivity that makes us a shining beacon to millions around the world seeking to build a better life. We must not turn our back on our values. We must not let fear divide us. 

In solidarity,

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress