January 30, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on CBP Enforcement of Immigration Order and Ongoing Protests

Providence, RI – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s enforcement of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration despite stays issued by federal courts, and on the ongoing protests nationwide:

“When a judge in this country hands down an order, you follow it.  Period.  As a prosecutor, if I received a direction from the court, I shut up and did it, even if I didn’t like it.  That’s how the rule of law works.  Secretary Kelly assured the Senate when he was confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security would follow the law under his watch.  His integrity is now on the line.

“Americans of all walks of life understand that in one short week President Trump has attacked some of the basic virtues of our great nation.  It’s been a campaign of shock and awfulness.  I applaud the patriotism and decency of the many citizens who have flocked to airports to speak up on behalf of the vulnerable and the persecuted, and I stand with them.” 


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