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Discrimination is not OK in New York

72 years ago this week, New York became the first state to ban employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. We’ve made significant progress since – but our fight continues to this day:

After calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” during his campaign, Donald Trump signed another executive order targeting refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. Trump justifies this discrimination by invoking threats to our national security – but there’s no evidence to suggest those affected by his travel ban are more likely to commit acts of violence.

Let’s make something clear: Trump’s travel ban isn’t about keeping our country safe – it’s about keeping Muslims out.

I’ve asked the Trump administration to show what exactly they’re doing – if anything – to improve vetting procedures, and how it will enhance our national security. So far, I haven’t gotten an answer, which leads me to believe yet again that this administration is focused solely on superficial, discriminatory campaign promises instead of doing the hard work that actually keeps us safe.

Fortunately, a federal judge has blocked the travel ban’s implementation nationwide, showing once again that the President and his advisors can’t hide from their own past statements revealing the real motivations behind this policy. But this fight is far from over.

While this case makes its way through the courts, I’m going to keep working hard to protect the American people without resorting to fearmongering and prejudice. Thank you for standing with me.


Posted on March 17, 2017.
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