Sen. Chipman denounces Trump’s Muslim, refugee ban

Posted: January 29, 2017 | Senator Chipman

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, will attend a rally Sunday at the Portland International Jetport to join his constituents and other Mainers in denouncing President Donald Trump’s executive order preventing refugees and travelers from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

“This executive order is cruel and discriminatory,” said Sen. Chipman. “I stand with my constituents — including refugees, immigrants, Muslim Americans and New Mainers from the countries on Trump’s list — in opposing this executive order. The vision of American should be the shining light from the Statute of Liberty, not a door slammed shut in the face of those fleeing violence, persecution, terrorism and genocide.”

The ban was instituted over the weekend, and suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for four months. It indefinitely banned Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of civil war in that country, and barred all citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the United States for three months. President Trump has indicated that he will favor Christians and other religions over Muslims in the immigration vetting process.

A federal Judge in New York granted temporary reprieve to refugees detained at airports, but stopped short of repealing the Executive Order entirely and made no ruling to the legality of the order, although she did indicate that it likely violates the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.