Thompson Pushes Back Against President's Revised Refugee Ban

Mar 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and nearly two hundred Democrats introduced a bill to prevent the President from banning refugees and Muslims from entering the country. Thompson is an original cosponsor of the Statue of Liberty Values Act 2.0 (SOLVE Act 2.0), which defunds the President’s Executive Order and states that it will have no effect.

“The President’s Executive Order puts Americans at risk,” said Thompson. “By turning our backs on refugees and the most vulnerable families in the region, we risk undermining the coalitions we need to build in order to defeat ISIL and other threats. The President’s ban also plays into the hands of terrorist recruiters.

“Our refugee vetting system is already as stringent and thorough as it gets. Claiming otherwise is completely disingenuous. As a nation of immigrants, we should not turn our backs on families and refugees simply seeking safety, shelter, and the American Dream.”

Thompson also co-sponsored the original SOLVE Act, which opposed the first iteration of the President’s refugee ban.