Congressman Dwight Evans Statement for the House Forum on the Executive Order/Muslim and Refugee Ban

February 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Today, Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) spoke at the U.S. House of Representatives Forum on the Executive Order/Muslim and Refugee Ban. Here is his following statement:

"I want to give voice coming from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where William Penn talked about religious freedom. I would like to thank my House colleagues who have gathered here today to discuss where we currently stand relative to the President’s Executive Order issued on Friday, January 27th, entitled “Protecting the National from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” which essentially is a ban of Muslims and refugees.  I had the opportunity to speak directly with impacted community members this weekend as we joined them at the Philadelphia Airport. That was along with the Governor of the state and my colleagues from the City of Philadelphia, Congressman Brady and Congressman Boyle, as we joined together.  

The Administration has turned its back on some of the most vulnerable people in the world.  Our city has a legacy of welcoming those from countries who come to America in anticipation of the liberty our nation offers.  This order goes beyond the democratic principles that we hold true.  I look forward to continually work with my colleagues to oppose this un-American order.

Coming from the City of Philadelphia and Sisterly Affection is the place where we welcome everyone in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."