Statement from U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat on Trump’s unconstitutional and unconscionable Executive Orders

January 30, 2017
Press Release

President Trump’s unconstitutional and unconscionable Executive Order to shut out people from several Muslim nations is ill-conceived, discriminatory, and counter-productive.  It has already led to chaos at our nation’s airports, to condemnation abroad, and has struck fear among immigrant communities throughout the country.  

As a Member of Congress representing New York’s diverse thirteenth congressional district, I know Trump’s way is not the best way!  From my efforts at JFK airport, participating in the demonstration at Battery Park, and hearing first hand from my constituents in support of my efforts to demand justice and work with government agents and officials to set free those who have been unlawfully and unfairly detained.

I commend the dedicated lawyers and advocacy organizations and federal judges who have issued important rulings to protect individuals who arrive at our shores, but compliance with these orders has been haphazard, at best.  

I have heard reports of attempts to deport detainees and continued detentions of lawful permanent residents.  I am also concerned that some individuals have been denied access to their attorneys, and some individuals may have even been asked to sign documents waiving their rights.  

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from thousands of people who joined in protest at airports and demonstrations around the country, and by those of you who have called my office to share your outrage in response to the President’s hateful and divisive actions.  

The United States has always been, and must continue to be, a place of refuge that welcomes people of all religions and nationalities.  As your Congressman, I promise to continue to fight this Executive Order and work to preserve this nation’s fundamental values and ideals.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat 
Proudly Serving New York’s 13th Congressional District