Price seeks to void Trump's travel ban
Posted January 30
Durham, N.C. — Democratic 4th District Congressman David Price said Monday that he plans to introduce a measure to rescind President Donald Trump's order halting immigration from several majority-Muslim countries.
"The future is radically uncertain. We're going to try to make that future less uncertain," said Price, who held a news conference in downtown Durham with nearly two dozen refugees, including Salama Salihi and Said Ahmed.
Salihi fled Afghanistan nearly a year ago, leaving 3-year-old Tasala behind. She said she hoped she would eventually be able to bring her daughter to the U.S., but she worries that Trump's order will prevent that. Ahmed came to the U.S. from Somalia a month ago with dreams of becoming a truck driver, and he worries he could be sent back.
Price slammed Trump's order, which puts a temporary stop to immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and northern Africa as well as all refugees seeking to settle in the U.S.
"This is really new, dangerous, frightening territory for our country," Price said, calling the move un-American and saying it puts into question the nation's moral values.
When asked whether the travel ban was exactly what Trump supporters wanted, Price talked about possible dangers for military men and women serving in places such as Iraq.
"I don't think anybody signed up for this reckless endangerment of our national security," he replied.
Other members of Congress from North Carolina broke along party lines in their reaction to Trump's order.
"Keeping America safe by properly vetting those coming from terror hot spots and temporarily halting the refugee program was the right decision," Republican 2nd District Congressman George Holding said in a statement. "Unfortunately, however, some people who were already cleared to be here legally were caught in the crossfire, so arrangements should be made to solve those people’s problems."
"This executive order was written and signed to incite fear and division among the American people. It does nothing to improve our national security. In fact, I believe it endangers American lives by feeding ISIS propaganda that the United States is at war with Islam," Democratic 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield said in a statement. "This order was ill-conceived and implemented in a way that has caused chaos and confusion across the nation."
"As we offer safety to refugees, we must also be mindful of the sad reality that radical Islamic terrorists are actively attempting to infiltrate refugee programs to enter Western nations," Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said in a statement. "Implementation of the order should be refined to provide more clarity and mitigate unintended consequences that do not make our country any safer."
"While we should be responsive to those who are persecuted for their faith or impacted by war, we need a thorough vetting of all refugees," Republican 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger said in a statement.
Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has yet taken a public stand on Trump's order.