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City to Oppose Executive Order Banning Immigrants and Refugees

Next Tuesday (Feb 14), the College Park City Council will consider approving a resolution opposing the recent Executive Order prohibiting entry of refugees for 120 days and stopped entry of immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days.

It has been challenged in court and criticized as illegally targeting people based on their religion and nationality, contrary to fundamental values of the United States.

Residents will have an opportunity to come and speak on the resolution at the Council meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 pm at the City Hall, 4500 Knox Road. You can also send your comments via email to cpmc@collegeparkmd.gov.

The resolution will read:

  • The City of College Park has a long history of welcoming immigrants and building an open, caring, and inclusive community that celebrates its diversity, welcomes the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and embraces humanitarian efforts; and
  • The City of College Park includes families from countries around the world, representing many cultural traditions, religions, and languages; and
  • The College Park City Council passed Resolution 16-R-04 on March 8, 2016, welcoming refugees to College Park; and
  • Throughout its history, the United States has benefited from the significant contributions of immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees who have become scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs; and
  • The United States of America has always been a nation of immigrants, welcoming people seeking refuge from war, famine, terrorism, and other atrocities in every continent; and
  • President Donald J. Trump signed a sweeping Executive Order on January 27, 2017 (January 27th Executive Order) that prohibits entry of any refugee awaiting re-settlement in the United States for 120 days, including refugees who had already received visas; and
  • The January 27th Executive Order also bars citizens of seven majority Muslim countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen – from entering the United States for 90 days, including students and workers who had already received visas; and
  • The January 27th Executive Order bars entry by all Syrian refugees into the United States for an indefinite period of time, including people who had already received visas; and
  • Individuals and families who hold visas, green cards, or dual citizenship have been detained, delayed, or refused entry to the United States since the January 27th Executive Order took effect; and
  • Even individuals who have aided the United States’ armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq have been denied expedient entry into the United States; and
  • The January 27th Executive Order has a disproportionate impact on Muslims; and
  • The preference of one religion over another is contrary to the traditions, statutes, and the Constitution of the United States; and
  • The executive order is an affront to religious freedom — a principle so cherished by our nation’s founding fathers that it was included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; and
  • Religious, civic, and business leaders, including clergy of various faiths and denominations, leaders of many of America’s largest companies, and elected officials belonging to both major political parties have publicly expressed strong opposition to the January 27th Executive Order.
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