WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on reports that travelers are being blocked at airports following President Trump's executive order targeting refugees, especially those from Muslim countries. Minnesota is home to a large refugee and immigrant population, including the largest Somali, Liberian, and Oromo communities and the second largest Hmong community in the United States.
"I have long advocated for thorough vetting and have supported strong national security measures, but it is irresponsible and unconscionable to exclude entire populations from seeking refuge here, simply because of where they come from or what religion they practice. The President's executive order is already having devastating consequences, as legal residents with green cards, refugees fleeing violence, and travelers with visas are being denied entry to the United States and some are being detained in airports. Together, lawmakers and the American people must make it clear to the President that separating families and punishing those who followed the rules is not acceptable."
"Refugees strengthen our communities. In Minnesota, we are proud to have the largest Somali, Liberian and Oromo populations in the U.S., as well as the second largest Hmong population. They are police officers and small business owners, students and teachers. They have often fled desperate and dangerous situations, and as legal workers, have been an important part of our economy and society. We cannot turn our back on them."