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Letter: New travel ban is still damaging

Members of Congress, including our senators and Congressman Collin Peterson, must speak out against President Trump's most recent executive order on refugees and immigrants, which reinstates a de facto Muslim ban and renews the suspension of the U.S.

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Members of Congress, including our senators and Congressman Collin Peterson, must speak out against President Trump's most recent executive order on refugees and immigrants, which reinstates a de facto Muslim ban and renews the suspension of the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

In this new executive order, President Trump removed Iraq from the list of banned countries - demonstrating the arbitrary nature of the list, which is motivated by politics, not national security. Superficial changes from the previous executive order on refugees do not change the dangerous, harmful substance.

Like the executive order on refugees and immigrants signed on Jan. 27, this new version violates the core American value of religious freedom. It does serious and unnecessary harm to people around the world. The order damages U.S. national security. By turning away refugees in desperate need of assistance, many of whom have already completed background checks, this order also adds a new edge of callousness and cruelty to our nation's immigration system.

Although the administration has made some superficial changes to the original order, these do not override deep concerns about this executive action and its impact on our nation. I hope that in this tumultuous time, as core American values are called into question, members of Congress will reaffirm that the United States welcomes refugees and people of all faiths.

Steve R. Marquardt

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