"America promises all its citizens equal rights and equal protection under the laws," the Council's declaration reads. "We have come together to help deliver on that promise for our communities and all Americans, and to participate in building our country pursuant to its laws and ethical traditions."
In light of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order on refugee policy, the Council's members wrote to Congress, supporting the concerns expressed by many bipartisan members of Congress and underscoring their opposition to any bar on refugee or other immigration based on one's religion.
The Council went on to call on Congress to act following the recent rise in hate crimes.
"It is imperative that Congress work to strengthen our country's response to the increase in hate crimes, in particular by exercising its oversight responsibilities so as to ensure that the Justice Department maintains, and heightens, its work with state and local officials on hate crimes, and prosecutes such crimes at the federal level where necessary," the Council members wrote.
Read the Council's full declaration here.
Read the Council's full letter to Congress here.
Members of the Council, its supporters and Members of Congress will gather for an open-press reception on Wednesday, February 1 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-G50. Press interested in attending should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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