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Members of Minnesota Faith Communities Speak Out Against Immigration Executive Order

January 30, 2017 07:32 PM

Members of various Minnesota faith communities gathered together in Minneapolis on Monday to discuss their opposition of an executive order President Donald Trump recently signed on immigration.

Representatives of the Minnesota Council of Churches, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Muslim American Society of Minnesota, and the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, among others, were in attendance.

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Those who attended spoke out against Trump's executive order, saying they embrace refugees.

"Today, we stand our ground against this executive action that will curtail refugee resettlement," one representative said.

On Friday, Trump traveled to the Pentagon where he joined Defense Secretary James Mattis for the signing of an executive action to bring sweeping changes to the nation's refugee policies and put in motion his plans to build up the nation's military.

"I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don't want 'em here," Trump declared. "We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."

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Trump's executive order on immigration has also received condemnation from Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken.

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"This order was put out in a way that is terribly confusing," Franken said. "It is possibly, probably unconstitutional."

Trump's order on immigration could affect at least 39 refugees who are scheduled to arrive in Minnesota in coming weeks. Additionally, various organizations in the metro area have been planning to resettle refugees from Burma, Burundi, the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Thailand within the next month.

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