STATEWIDE- Several state officials showing opposition and concern following President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
“Religious liberty is one of the bedrocks of our constitution,” said Attorney General Janet Mills.
Attorney General Janet Mills joining sixteen other attorney generals across the country– standing up against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the united states.
“We believe that the presidents order was an act of overreaching. Whatever the intentions may be, the people that this is affecting are not those who pose a threat to our country,” said Mills.
The ban was created in an attempt to keep potential terrorists out of the country– preventing anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen out of America for 90 days, including legal permanent residents and visa holders.
But Attorney General Janet Mills says these are not the people we need to be worried about.
“These people are innocent. These people are not terrorists. They have already been vetted. So closing the door on them is an arbitrary act and my fear is that in fact this is the kind of thing that breeds terrorism,” said Mills.
Other state officials tend to agree.
In a statement sent to our media partner, WGME, Scott Ogden, a spokesperson for Senator Angus King, says, “This order, which focuses exclusively upon majority Muslim countries, plays right into the hands of ISIS which has been trying for years to bait us into converting our opposition to their isolated brand of radical terrorism into a war of America against the entire Muslim world. Unfortunately, president trump has taken the bait– and the fight against ISIS just got a lot harder.”
Senator Susan Collins also speaking out, saying in a statement,”A preference should not be given to people who practice a particular religion, nor should a greater burden be imposed on people who practice a particular religion.”
She goes on to say we should continue to aid those who are assisting refugees in other countries.
Representative Chellie Pingree also spoke out, ensuring that this ban goes against American values and she will do anything within her power to welcome refugees to Maine, regardless of their religion or skin color.
The other representative, Bruce Poliquin, remained much quieter on the issue, releasing a statement saying his priority is to increase border security and end sanctuary cities until there are more effective processes to check on potential terrorists.