San Diego Leaders Condemn President Trump’s Immigration Order
Monday, January 30, 2017
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Impacts Of Trump's Refugee Action On Refugees Settling In San Diego
David Murphy, executive director, International Rescue Committee, San Diego program
President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban prompted protests nationwide over the weekend. In San Diego, hundreds of protesters appeared at the San Diego International Airport carrying signs reading "No Muslim ban; protect immigrants,'' "Build a wall; we will tear it down,'' "San Diegans (heart) our immigrants'' and other messages.
Trump's executive order, signed Friday, suspends all refugee entries for 120 days, indefinitely blocks all Syrian refugees and bars entry for 90 days to all immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The executive director of the San Diego chapter of the International Rescue Committee, which helps resettle refugees in the San Diego area, said there is a lot of fear in the community.
"We've had a huge outpouring of concern from refugees, migrants, immigrants and just local community members — 'what does this mean for me?' 'am I going to be deported?'" said David Murphy, the executive director.
Once refugees come to the United States, they are eligible for a green card after one year and citizenship after five years.
"Even refugees who have come here and are U.S. citizens, they are still fearful that they are going to be deported," he said.
Murphy said 4 percent of refugees that come to the United States settle in San Diego. In 2016, that was almost 4,000 refugees. The top five refugee groups were Iraqi, Syrian, Afghan, Somali and Congolese.
Several people traveling from the countries included in the ban were detained at airports as they tried to enter the United States this weekend. San Diego airport authorities have confirmed there are currently no detainees in San Diego.
Many local leaders spoke out against the president’s order on social media. Some attended the protests at Lindbergh Field.
Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, said Sunday in a statement, “Congress needs to take immediate action to repeal Trump’s Executive Order. The Muslim ban is a policy based on fear not strength.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, released a statement Monday saying “a welcoming America is not incompatible with a strong and secure America.” He also mentioned the country needs to reestablish “strong and clear screening procedures” for immigrants.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, issued a joint statement along with Rep. Kinzinger, R-IL, urging President Trump to make an exempt Iraqi's who helped U.S. personnel overseas from his immigration order.
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