January 29, 2017
EMILY's List Statement on Trump's Refugee Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and stopping the admission of refugees. The following is a statement by Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List:
“President Trump's outrageous executive order banning refugees from around the world and immigrants from several Muslim countries is a direct violation of the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of religion. It also puts women and families across the globe at risk. We should not be turning our backs on the neediest and the most vulnerable, nor should our president be promoting dangerous policy that discriminates on the basis of religion. Though there now is a stay on the order, the fight against this dangerous move has only just begun.”
“This action by President Trump shows us once again how out of touch he and his Republican allies are with the values of Americans and why we need leaders that truly understand the consequences of their policy making. The EMILY's List community stands firm in our commitment to inclusion, freedom and respect for all.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.