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Bonamici Draws Attention to Baby Fatemeh, Human Toll of Trump’s Executive Order

February 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [02/03/17] — Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) spoke on the House floor to draw attention to four-month-old Fatemeh, who lives in Iran. President Trump’s Executive Order has halted her family’s efforts to get her life-saving heart surgery in Oregon. You can watch Bonamici’s remarks here and read her remarks as prepared for delivery below.

“This is Fatemeh. She is not a terrorist. She’s a four-month-old baby girl who is in immediate need of open-heart surgery. Her parents desperately want the best care for her, so they planned to bring her from their home in Iran to Portland, Oregon, to one of the best hospitals for pediatric heart surgery. That’s where Fatemeh’s uncle and grandparents all live – they are US citizens.

“Then President Trump hastily issued the Executive Order and the family’s plans were brought to a halt. The Order is supposed to expire in 90 days, but Fatemeh’s family does not know if she can wait that long.

“I don’t know what the President had in mind when he signed that order, but it probably wasn’t baby Fatemeh. Keeping four-month-old babies out of our country doesn’t make us safer. It puts her life in danger and diminishes the United States in the eyes of the world.

“My office has reached out to Fatemeh’s family in Oregon to be of assistance, but it is heartbreaking and disgraceful that this even happened. I hope the courts invalidate this unconstitutional Executive Order soon, and I hope it’s in time for baby Fatemeh.”