Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda lashed out on Saturday, Jan. 28 over President Trump's executive order blocking the entry to the United States of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, as well as other restrictions, and prioritizing admitting Christian over Muslim refugees.
"I never thought I would see this nation apply a religious test for anything. This is a ham-fisted attempt by Trump to disguise racism against Muslims. So shameful," said Sepulveda, whose Bronx district includes a large number of Muslims. "What's next? Muslim internment camps? So shameful."
Trump’s order barred refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering for 90 days.
Sepulveda noted that most of the 19 hijackers on the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa., were from other Middle Eastern countries not placed on the visa ban list.
"Even people with green cards, giving them legally permanent U.S. resident status, are included in the order, leaving many of them stranded because they may be visiting outside the country at the moment," the Assemblyman said.
"There are better, saner, more humane ways to deal with this situation than with a blanket iron fist," said Sepulveda. "This is not who we are as a people, not who we are as a nation."
Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda currently represents the 87th Assembly District covering Parkchester, Castle Hill, West Farms, Van Nest and Stratton Park.