Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Senator Thomas Introduces Resolution Opposing President Trump's Immigration Ban
January 31, 2017

COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced a resolution urging Congress to rescind President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration policies and to limit executive authority as it relates to unilaterally barring entire groups of immigrants.

“President Trump’s executive order has made it clear that he will prioritize Christian refugees,” said Senator Thomas. “Our founders did not dictate what non-U.S. citizens should believe in, contrary to the language in this executive order prioritizing one religion over another.”

President Trump’s executive order did the following:

  • Suspended the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely

  • Suspended the entry of all other refugees for 120 days

  • Suspended the entry of all citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen)

“The United States was built on pro-immigration policies and the separation of church and state,” said Senator Thomas. “This executive order is ultimately a violation of the First Amendment’s ban on the government establishment of religion, as its intent favors a particular religion. Our country’s strength thrives when we attract the best our world has to offer as we build a better, stronger, and all-inclusive future for generations to come.”

All Senate Democratic members have signed on as co-sponsors of the resolution. It is currently waiting to be assigned a number and committee.

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