Lowey: Immigration Executive Orders 'affront to our nation's core values and put American lives at risk'
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders:
“President Trump’s most recent outrageous executive orders are not just reckless, they are dangerous. In his first week, the President has provided no adequate justification for his multi-billion dollar boondoggle along the US-Mexico border. He will strip federal funding from New York and other ‘sanctuary cities’ that lawfully refuse to bow to his draconian demands. These steps are an affront to our nation’s core values and put American lives at risk.
“New York is the top target for terrorist threats in the country. As a result, President Trump’s executive orders will put the City in a budget crisis where it will be unable to fully fund the New York Police Department, counterterrorism operations, and other vital programs that keep New Yorkers safe. It is particularly shameful that President Trump – who professes to be a proud New Yorker – would even consider threatening the security of millions without ensuring the NYPD is reimbursed for the cost of his own protection at Trump Tower.
“The President should execute thoughtful policies that keep us safer, not ones that serve simply as costly ideological attacks on the most vulnerable. These directives are counter to who we are as New Yorkers and as Americans. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to keep New Yorkers safe, both from terrorism and from attacks on our fundamental values.”