(Jan. 31) – The House pushed back today against President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate America from the rest of the world, approving a resolution calling on the president to rescind, or Congress to overturn, his Jan. 27 executive order banning refugees and other citizens from seven mostly Muslim nations, even those individuals who already have green cards or other U.S. visas.
House Democrats spoke passionately in support of the resolution, HJR17-1013. Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, who sponsored the measure with Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, quoted Mark Twain, who said, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
“We have a clear example here of when the government does not deserve our support, and we need to rise today to make sure that message is clearly coming from Colorado,” Rep. Hansen told the House.
Rep. Michaelson Jenet told of campaigning door-to-door last year in her district. “As I knocked on the doors, they opened to the scents of dinner – North African dinner, Mexican dinner, Italian dinner,” she told the House. “The smells were what make the beauty of this country. We cannot afford to lose that beauty and diversity.”
Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, noted that since 2001, no one admitted to the United States as a refugee has ever participated in a terrorist act against it.
“This executive order does not keep America any safer,” he told the House. “It actually puts us even more at peril. It’s turning our friends into enemies.”
“The greatest hypocrisy in America is that those who decry the immigrant are here by virtue of immigration,” said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton.
Rep. Mike Weissman, D-Aurora, noted that his city has been called “the Ellis Island of the Plains” and added, “Everybody targeted in this executive order, everybody scapegoated in this executive order – those are my constituents.”
Republicans were mostly silent, except to say “no” on the voice vote that sent the resolution to the Senate.