Mayor Lee’s Statement on Revised White House Executive Order Banning Immigration from Six Muslim Countries
Mayor Edwin M. Lee issued this statement on the Executive Order banning immigration from six Muslim countries:
“This latest proposal by the Presidential Administration represents more of the same misguided, intolerant policies, and is a betrayal to our American values of inclusion, compassion and liberty for all.
America was built by immigrants, and it is contrary to the founding principles of this country to discriminate against individuals based on their religion. As the son of Chinese immigrants, I am personally outraged at these continued attacks by the Administration.
In this country, we should welcome those seeking refuge. It is our duty to provide a safe haven for immigrants fleeing violence, persecution and instability in their home countries.
In San Francisco, we will continue to stand side-by-side with our Muslim friends and members of all immigrant communities. Tomorrow, the Board of Supervisors is set to approve legislation led by my office that will ban all contributions from San Francisco to any sort of national Muslim registry.
We will never target any individual for exclusion based on their religion, race, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are, and always will be, a City that stands up and proudly fights on the behalf of all of our residents.”