Schakowsky Statement on the one-year anniversary of President Trump's Muslim Ban

January 27, 2018
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement on the first anniversary of President Trump’s Muslim Ban:

“A year ago today, less than a week into his Presidency and on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Donald Trump blew out the torch held by the Statue of Liberty. Putting his xenophobia and islamophobia on full display, he attempted to instate his now notorious Muslim Ban. This illegal, immoral policy will go down in the annals of American history as an embarrassing and hateful blemish – a sad reminder of how far we still have to go to become the compassionate, egalitarian nation we strive to be. 

“In those same accounts, however, historians will have to write about how America reacted to the Trump Muslim Ban. They will write about the tens of thousands of Americans of all religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds who rushed to the airports to welcome refugees and protest President Trump’s bigotry. They will write about the immigration lawyers who immediately lent their services at no cost to those seeking entry into our country. On one of the darkest days in recent political memory, Americans gave us more than enough reason to hope. I was proud to stand with the resistance then, and I am proud that we are still going strong a year later.”

Rep. Schakowsky is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 852, the Freedom of Religion Act of 2017, which was introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) in response to President Trump’s Muslim Ban. This legislation, which was also originally cosponsored  by Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Andre Carson (D-IN), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and now has 115 cosponsors, would prohibit barring immigrants, refugees, and international visitors from entry on the basis of religion.