NEW ORLEANS - District "C" Councilmember Nadine Ramsey proposed a resolution in opposition to the recent Presidential Executive Order, "Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States," to be considered at the New Orleans City Council meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Resolution No. R-17-79 characterizes the Order as an unconstitutional travel ban against people of Muslim faith, contrary to American ideals and values that poses a security risk to Americans at home and abroad.
This will detrimentally affect as many as 100,000 visa holders including professors, scientists, doctors, fathers, mothers, children, people fleeing war, and people who risked their lives for this country. Banning refugees from entering the United States for nearly four months will have severe consequences, leaving people to suffer longer in camps, and preventing families from reuniting.
The resolution was developed in light of world-wide sentiment, the federal court's orders to stay the Order, and recent incidents such as the rally outside City Hall on January 29, at which citizens joined the growing nationwide protest against the Trump Administration's freeze on refugee and foreign national travel to the United States.
A United States federal court has stayed the implementation of the Order, and it is under consideration at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Twenty States, numerous business, and civil rights organizations have joined the lawsuit in opposition to the travel ban.
The United States has made similar mistakes in the past, which should not be repeated. This is a moment in history when an international and welcoming City such as New Orleans should not be silent.
To see the resolution in its entirety, click here.