STATEMENT OPPOSING MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN
Made by Steven Belton
President and CEO, Minneapolis Urban League
Minnesota State Capitol
March 16, 2017
Yesterday, March 16, 2017, the Trump Administration’s xenophobic, islamaphobic, racist and unconstitutional travel ban on Muslims from four African countries was supposed to take effect and but for the courageous and timely injunctive actions of two United States federal judges, it would have been implemented.
The organizations and individuals who comprise the United Black Legislative Agenda stand in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers in the twin cities, the state of Minnesota and the United States, and especially African immigrants, who have been targeted by president trump because of their faith, color and national origin. This is unacceptable and un-American.
We deplore the campaign of fear that has been unleashed on immigrant children, adults and families. But, the Bible tells us at 2 Timothy 1: 7, that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and self-discipline.”
We resolve therefore to show love in the face of hate, to exercise the power of our convictions and the moral authority of being in the right, and we will be disciplined and relentless in pursuing the cause of justice. This is our solemn conviction and our prayer.