Chris Van Hollen

United States Senator for Maryland

Van Hollen Statement on Immigration Executive Order

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U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement:

“President Trump’s order to suspend America’s refugee programs is an attack on everything our country stands for and makes us less safe. It is a de facto Muslim ban that plays right into ISIS’s propaganda, casting our fight against terrorism as a fight against an entire religion. It emboldens those who want to do us harm, and harms those who need protections the most. This is not who we are as a nation, and we will fight to overturn it with everything we’ve got.

“National security officials who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations have spoken out forcefully against President Trump’s order. Security and basic freedoms are not partisan issues – they are essential to our democracy, and we all must speak up to defend them.

“From the moment the order was signed, I have been working on behalf of Marylanders who were blindsided by this despicable action. Despite personally calling Customs and Border Protection to ensure the safe arrival of a five-year-old constituent traveling to the U.S. with a family member, the child was detained for over four hours without access to his mother. This disgraceful kind of incident has been repeated at airports across the country.

“I am heartened by the outpouring of support Marylanders have shown for refugees and immigrants who turned out to protest at airports in Maryland and across the country, as well as at the White House and Capitol. In the Senate, we are examining every possible action to undo this order. I have sent a letter to President Trump with Senators Kamala Harris and Patty Murray demanding that he revoke this order immediately. And I have introduced three pieces of legislation to fight back – a bill with Senator Feinstein and other colleagues to roll back the order, a bill with Senator Chris Murphy and other colleagues to cut off funding to implement the order, and a bill with Senator Patrick Leahy and other colleagues to state America’s policy to remain a global leader in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

“I urge everyone who is offended by this attack on American ideals to speak up and make your views known. We must remain vigilant and resolute against efforts to sow fear and division, and we must fight together to protect the rights, security, and freedoms of all people.”

Issues: 

Washington, D.C. Office

110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-4654
Fax: (202) 228-0629

State Offices

Montgomery County Office

111 Rockville Pike
Suite 960
Rockville, MD  20850
Phone (301) 545-1500
Fax (301) 545-1512

Baltimore Office

1900 North Howard Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD  21218
Phone (667) 212-4610
Fax (301) 545-1512

Prince George's County Office (opening soon)

1101 Mercantile Lane
Suite 210
Largo, MD  20774

State Offices

Western Maryland Office

32 West Washington Street
Suite 203
Hagerstown, MD  21740
Phone (301) 797-2826
Fax (301) 797-2241

 

Anne Arundel & Southern Maryland Office

60 West Street
Suite 107
Annapolis, MD  21401
Phone (410) 263-1325

Eastern Shore Office (opening soon)

204 Cedar Street
Suite 200C
Cambridge, MD  21613