National Security Experts with the Truman National Security Project’s Texas Chapter Highlight Negative Impacts of Trump’s Refugee and Immigration Orders
Austin, TX — In response to President Trump’s executive orders signed this week on immigration and those expected today on refugees and other immigration programs, national security experts in the Texas chapter of the Truman National Security Project voiced their concerns:
“Our nation is built on a commitment to the idea that all people have certain inalienable rights—chief among these being the rights to life and liberty. We stood for these values at our nation’s founding as the basis for its existence. We stand now for these values every day at home and abroad, protecting these rights for our citizens and advancing them abroad for those who bear tyranny, oppression, and violence. These executive orders would dismantle our core national values and our national security piece by piece. Banning immigrants from many Muslim-majority countries undermines our nation’s deeply held values of religious tolerance and pluralism. Suspending our refugee program and banning Syrian refugees doesn’t make us safer and validates violent extremists whose perverted worldview seeks to divide the world between Muslims and non-Muslims. We must instead hold fast to our national values while protecting our national security, or we risk losing them both,” said Ashley Moran, Truman National Security Project Texas Co-Director and former governance advisor in the Middle East and Asia.
“One of my soldiers in Iraq first came to the U.S. as a young Kurdish boy from Baghdad in 1996, fleeing his war-torn country to resettle in New York. Ten years later he found himself back in Iraq, but this time as an American soldier. In a post-9/11 world, he did not turn his back on his adopted country; he served it with honor. Not only is it a moral failing to turn our backs on those refugees seeking solace from a hellish existence for which we, as a country, are partially responsible, but these measures would do nothing to improve Americans’ safety,” said Ramiro Hinojosa, U.S. Army veteran serving in Iraq from 2006-2007 and Truman National Security Project Defense Council member.
“President Trump’s executive order revising immigration enforcement priorities will be harmful to our communities. These expanded priorities will hinder community policing efforts by creating distrust between police officers and immigrant communities. Enforcement efforts will strain our resources and send us spiraling into deeper debt. Above all, these efforts are misguided, particularly because immigrants are less likely than native-born Americans to commit violent crimes. Those undocumented immigrants who do commit serious crimes are in the minority and should be deported—but these enforcement priorities all but guarantee immigrants with no serious criminal records will be subject to deportation,” said Joseph Kopser, U.S. Army veteran and Truman National Security Project Defense Council member.