East County News Service
January 31, 2017 (San Diego) -- “Federal courts have rightly stayed President Trump's unconstitutional executive order banning Muslims and refugees. Immigration officials need to follow and respect the rule of the federal judges and allow those being held to have access to attorneys. The right of habeas corpus is a bedrock of our democracy,” says Congresswoman Susan Davis, who yesterday called on President Trump to left his executive order banning travel to the U.S. from predominantly Muslim nations.
“Congress needs to take immediate action to repeal Trump’s Executive Order. The Muslim ban is a policy based on fear not strength. This order will do nothing to keep us safe. If anything, it will likely have the opposite effect. This executive order will also reduce the stature and influence America will have globally,” the San Diego Democrat adds. “America has always been a beacon of hope and freedom around the world. This executive order slams the door on those seeking refuge from violence and oppression and runs contrary to the values that have defined America for generations. We already have one of the most stringent and thorough screening processes for vetting refugees, taking years to complete."
Congresswoman Davis represents the 53rd Congressional District, which includes central San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of El Cajon and Chula Vista. She is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving as the Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee. She also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Davis also sought information on anyone who may have been detained at San Diego’s international airport. In a letter to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) requested information on any people with visas or Lawful Permanent Resident LPR) status who might be detained at San Diego International Airport. Davis also called for them to be released from CBP custody and that they be allowed access to attorneys.
“People who have been lawfully vetted and granted legal status are being detained illegally as a result of the president’s unconstitutional executive order,” said Davis. “We need to know who they are and they need to be released immediately and granted access to lawyers. This order is striking fear into families who have legal status and have done nothing wrong. This should never happen in America and the White House should immediately rescind this executive order.”
The letter sent to CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan asks for clarification of how the executive order is being implemented and how it pertains to current visa holders seeking entry into the United States, visa applicants, LPRs, dual citizens, United States citizens and any other individuals from the seven designated countries in the Executive Order
The letter can be read here.