Frankel speaks out against President Trump’s refugee ban

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, spoke out against President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely prevents Syrians from entering the country as refugees.

“President Trump’s order to block entry of immigrants and refugees is simply unacceptable,” Frankel said Monday. “We are a diverse nation that is made great by the contributions of immigrants, including those who seek refuge here. The United States has a proud history of welcoming immigrants who are searching for a better life for themselves and their families. Nothing about this executive order will keep America safe. In fact, counterterrorism experts say the immigration ban could make us less safe by playing into the belief - of terror groups such as ISIS - that the West is at war with Islam. It could also make it more difficult for the U.S. to cooperate with the countries targeted in the ban."

“I am moved and encouraged by the thousands who took part in protests around the country against Trump’s executive order, including at least 300 protestors who gathered at Pittsburgh International Airport,” Frankel added. “It is my hope that the federal court system will overturn this immigration ban that runs counter to the principles upon which America was founded.”