Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Joins Effort to Block Trump’s Travel and Refugee Ban

Jan 30, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined over 160 of his House Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation to rescind and defund President Trump’s travel and refugee ban. The SOLVE, or Statue of Liberty Values Act, was introduced by U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) following widespread confusion and fear after the implementation of an unprecedented Presidential Executive Order banning refugees and individuals from seven majority Muslim countries. Over the weekend, airports across the country, including Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, were filled with chaos as travelers, including Lawful Permanent Residents, children and elderly persons, were denied entry to the United States.

Simply put, this Executive Order is bad policy and only serves to make our country less safe, and a growing chorus of foreign policy experts has condemned Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban as disastrous to both U.S. foreign policy and national security.

“The United States is a nation of immigrants and we have seen time and time again that immigration has been, and continues to be, an important factor in the development of the United States,” said Rush. “From the very beginning of our history immigrants have played an important role in helping to weave our modern social fabric.

“President Trump’s Executive Order has taken us from a Nation that tells the world ‘Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ to a Nation that discriminates based on religion and national origin; principles that violate both the spirit and text of the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

“President Trump’s executive order demonstrates the infantile evil acts of a street bully. In my experience, the only way to beat a bully is to stand up and fight back; which, morally, I must do.”

Full bill text of the SOLVE Act can be found here.