Trump Executive Order On Refugees and Immigrants Undercuts America’s Tradition Of Religious Freedom, Says Americans United

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump that has the effect of shutting down our borders to refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority nations.

“President Trump just acted to fulfill his promise to ban Muslim refugees and immigrants,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “He has abandoned our nation’s commitment to religious freedom, and he’s turning away those seeking safe harbor and a better life. This action is fundamentally un-American.” 

The Trump order, Lynn said, results in unfairly penalizing migrants on the basis of religion.

“President Trump’s action today defies who we are as Americans,” Lynn said. “It’s disgraceful and clashes sharply with our core values as a nation.”

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.