AFSCME: Refugees are Welcome Here

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2017                         

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

AFSCME Council 5 denounces President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban people from seven Muslim nations from entering the United States.  Below is a statement from President Judy Wahlberg and Executive Director Eliot Seide.   

“As Americans, we cannot turn our backs on refugees fleeing persecution, genocide and terror.  Minnesota welcomes refugees from the war-battered nations of Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.  They have become our friends, our neighbors and our co-workers.”

“What makes America great is that we have always welcomed people seeking freedom, justice and opportunity.  Our Statue of Liberty is weeping today because President Trump is slamming the door on Muslims by calling them terrorists.”

“AFSCME denounces Trump’s illegal Muslim ban.  We are outraged that his horrific order was executed on Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Count on us to resist his politics of hatred, fear and division.”         

Minnesota’s foreign-born population includes more than 31,000 people from the seven Muslim nations.

AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.