Veterans: Revised Executive Order Harms National Security

General James Stavridis.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration released a new executive order today that bans travel from six Muslim-majority countries and freezes refugee resettlement. The revisions follow the Ninth Circuit’s decision Feb. 9 to block the initial executive order.

National security leaders have criticized a refugee freeze and travel ban that remain in the revised order. More than 100 such leaders signed a letter Jan. 30 urging Trump to reconsider a blanket ban on travelers from certain countries, calling it “counterproductive from a security standpoint, and beneath the dignity of our great nation.”

“Pragmatically, we should recognize the benefits of taking in these refugees. The vast majority are risk-taking, determined, creative thinkers who will over time give us a high return on investment,” wrote Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, regarding the original executive order.

The following are quotes from Veterans for New Americans partners around the country. Veterans for New Americans, a project of the National Immigration Forum, is a national network of influential veterans representing each of the military branches who support a bipartisan solution on immigration that strengthens our national security, enhances our military readiness and supports our immigrant service members, their spouses and immediate family both at home and abroad.

Major General Antonio Taguba, USA (Ret.):
“While I believe in adopting the most stringent screening measures, we must not compromise our immigrant heritage by turning our backs on refugees and allies who are helping us fight the war on terrorism. America’s national security has always been strengthened with immigrants willing to fight to defend this country. In the true spirit of our American values, we must not compromise our immigrant heritage to help refugees and allies who are helping us fight the war on terrorism.”

Lt. Col. Carter Crewe, USAF (Ret.):
“This revised executive order does not support our people, our economy and our national reputation worldwide. It shows to all that our basic American values are being denied by this administration.”

Capt. Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, USAF veteran:
“Our national security and military strength rely solely on our all-volunteer force. Some of the most patriotic men and women in uniform are sons and daughters of refugees. When refugees and their children choose to serve in our armed forces, their language and cultural-competency skills become immediately invaluable assets that enhance our military readiness. These diverse skill sets found in our service members born outside our national borders enable us to exert influence globally and effectively. This executive order will simply handicap our armed forces in the future, if it causes us to lose this inflow of necessary multicultural talent.”

Nathan Fletcher, USMC combat veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Global War on terror):
“If the Trump administration wants to single out Muslims from a group of countries, I suggest they start by creating a public registry of the Muslim Americans, many who are immigrants, who gave their lives fighting alongside the rest of us. These brave patriots gave their life for a country that recognizes and applauds who you are as a person and not your country of birth or religion. This new executive action is inconsistent with who we are a people, what those of us who served fought for, and the dream of America as a welcoming land of equality and opportunity.”

Revised Executive Order is a Bad Deal for Business

Paola Ávila.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration released a new executive order today that bans travel from six Muslim-majority countries and freezes refugee resettlement. The revisions follow the Ninth Circuit’s decision Feb. 9 to block the initial executive order.

Business leaders around the country are responding and discussing ways that refugees and other immigrants benefit the American workforce.

“At the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, we are well aware that our member businesses benefit from opportunities to hire a diverse American workforce,” said Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business Affairs at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are of course concerned when we see opportunities that create legal pipelines to the workforce, such as the refugee program, halted or hindered from full operation. We urge Congress to find solutions to help to bolster the economic vitality of the country by creating more opportunities to expand, not limit, the American workforce.”

“Our country was founded by immigrants and we embrace refugees in this country,” said Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services in Los Angeles. “Their diversity brings a new wave of creativity to the American workforce and plays a considerable role in our state’s economic growth. Studies have shown that being exposed to diversity can change the way we think.”

“The hospitality industry is a driver of the economic vitality of both the state of Florida and our nation, and our employees are an important part of the success of our operations,” said Wendy Kallergis, CEO and President of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association.

“The hospitality industry employs a great diversity of individuals, including refugees, and without them, our industry would be devastated, as would the economy. Offering hospitality is what we do — we extend this to our customers, and our employees. We urge our leaders to find solutions that do not halt or lessen our ability to welcome and employ these individuals who are so crucial to our industry.”

“What we’ve found in Idaho is that the contributions of the immigrant labor force help all of us,” said Bob Naerebout, Executive Director, Idaho Dairymen’s Association. “On the food processing side, refugees fill a void in our facilities. Agriculture is a starting point into the business world, and they move up from there. Refugees now are in management positions and moving up, contributing greatly to our society. They add great value to our rural community and are greatly appreciated.”

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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