Payne, Jr. Statement Ahead of Muslim and Travel Ban Implementation

Jun 29, 2017 Issues: National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, issued the following statement ahead of the implementation of a limited version of President Trump’s Muslim and travel ban, which goes into effect tonight at 8 PM ET:

“When the president’s travel ban goes into effect tonight, we will essentially provide a potent recruiting tool to extremist groups. The obvious discrimination of the ban, reinforced by the president’s own words, plays right into extremist propaganda accusing America of a war on Islam. At the same time, the ban undermines critical relationships between the United States and our partners in the fight against terror and extremism. We are all in agreement that we must keep the homeland safe. But the president’s ban will have the exact opposite effect.”