Truman Project Philadelphia Chapter Statement on Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration and Sanctuary Cities

Truman Project Philadelphia Chapter Statement on Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration and Sanctuary Cities

Philadelphia, PA- In response to President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration and sanctuary cities, the national security experts of Truman National Security Project Philadelphia Chapter released this open letter.

“These orders will make us less safe because, instead of real efforts at reforms, they push a counterproductive and harmful set of policies that are antithetical to American values of inclusivity, tolerance and compassion. As Pennsylvanians, we believe that these orders strike at the very heart of the democracy that was founded here in our own City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

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Removing the protections afforded by Sanctuary Cities would tear families apart and strike at our most fundamental family bonds. It is inhumane to cause people to fear an emergency room visit or a traffic stop because it could lead to their children being taken away. These measures do very little to enhance the security and safety of Americans, and instead introduce a number of unnecessary, redundant, and cruel bureaucratic hurdles to families at home and abroad who view our country as a beacon of hope.

The full text of the letter is included below:

OPEN LETTER REGARDING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON INCREASING BORDER SECURITY MEASURES

We, the members of the Truman National Security Project’s Pennsylvania Chapter, are deeply disturbed by the executive order that President Trump issued this week on immigration and Sanctuary Cities. These orders will make us less safe because, instead of real efforts at reforms, they push a counterproductive and harmful set of policies that are antithetical to American values of inclusivity, tolerance and compassion. As Pennsylvanians, we believe that these orders strike at the very heart of the democracy that was founded here in our own City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

America has long stood as a beacon of hope for immigrants. A massive wall between the U.S. and Mexico as ordered by President Trump threatens to extinguish this flame.  Among other things, a wall: 1) provides little real protection; 2) is an enormously wasteful expenditure of taxpayer dollars; and 3) promotes division and hate that flies in the face of our American values.

For many of the same reasons, we oppose the President’s announcement to punish Sanctuary Cities like Philadelphia. Removing the protections afforded by Sanctuary Cities would tear families apart and strike at our most fundamental family bonds. It is inhumane to cause people to fear an emergency room visit or a traffic stop because it could lead to their children being taken away. These measures do very little to enhance the security and safety of Americans, and instead introduce a number of unnecessary, redundant, and cruel bureaucratic hurdles to families at home and abroad who view our country as a beacon of hope.

Many of us have served our country in uniform abroad and as civilians. Our experience teaches us that much more can be gained through embracing difference and promoting understanding than from protectionism and isolationism. Like our Founding Fathers, we believe that there is tremendous moral and practical power in standing together and in embracing our proud legacy of strength through diversity and pluralism.

We hope that President Trump will reconsider today's actions and instead focus on creating policies and putting resources towards supporting our veterans, developing our defense and intelligence capabilities, investing in diplomacy, and advancing democratic principles throughout the world.