Newly sworn-in U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal responded Saturday to President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order that closes the nation’s borders to refugees and some legal U.S. residents from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
“The reprehensible #MuslimBan, targeting immigrants & refugees b/c of religion isn’t just immoral, but also undermines our national security,” Carbajal tweeted.
Carbajal echoed the calls of many who have opposed the immigration order, saying it amounted to a ban on some Muslims from entering the United States.
A White House official with knowledge of the situation — but not authorized to speak publicly — disagreed with that assertion, telling McClatchy’s Washington Bureau that characterizing the order as a “Muslim ban” was not correct because several predominantly Muslim nations are exempt.
Growing protests against the immigration restrictions were held at several airports across the United States on Saturday evening, according to several news media reports.
Carbajal, a Democrat, defeated Republican Justin Fareed in November to succeed outgoing Rep. Lois Capps for the Central Coast’s 24th District seat in Congress. He told The Tribune on Friday he planned to introduce the California Clean Coast Act, which is one of three priorities for his freshman term.
Carbajal attended Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20, breaking with several dozen fellow Democrats in Congress who chose not to attend.
In statement on his website three days before the inauguration, Carbajal wrote that he wanted Trump “to see the face of a Mexican immigrant newly elected to serve as the first Latino representative for the Central Coast and to know that the many groups he has disparaged and attacked over the course of his campaign have a strong voice in our government.”
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