Bonamici Statement on Federal District Judge Temporarily Halting Ban on Refugees, Immigrants

BEAVERTON, OR [02/04/17] — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after a federal district judge in Washington temporarily blocked enforcement of part of President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim countries:

"Tens of thousands of families were caught in crisis around the globe by President Trump's hasty and un-American order banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim countries. With the enforcement of that order temporarily halted by a federal district court judge, I hope these families can reunite safely. And I am very relieved that baby Fatemeh, a four-month-old Iranian infant, can come to Oregon Health Sciences University for life-saving heart surgery. 

"President Trump's disrespectful reference to the judge in this case as a "so-called judge" is appalling. The separation of powers is a fundamental tenet of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution. Even children know you can disagree without being disrespectful. 

"Although today brings good news, this discriminatory and reckless order has already harmed families and tarnished our reputation abroad. I will continue to do everything I can to overturn this order and stand up for Oregon and American values."