tv Democratic Leaders Hold News Conference on Immigration Executive Order CSPAN January 30, 2017 9:21pm-10:10pm EST
congressman lou will be here to talk about congressional reaction to the trump administration travel ban. watch washington journal, live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on tuesday morning, join the discussion. >> c-span, for history unfolds daily. c-span was created as a public service. it is brought to you today by your cable and satellite provider. >> we take you now to a demonstration outside the supreme court led by nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. protesting president trump's executive order restricting travel from seven muslim majority countries. it is about 45 minutes.
look at that moment. new moon. good evening everyone. i'm very proud to stand here with the members of the house democratic caucus, soon to be joined by the senate democrats as well. sharing beers and a bipartisan way with many of our republican colleagues who agree. agree that what the president did undermines our values. it is not at support of the oval office that we take to support and defend the constitution of the united states.
land is my land. from california to the new york island. -- this redwood forest land was made for you and me. this land is your land, this land is my land. from california to the new york island. forest to theod gulf waters. this land was made for you and me. >> thank you for getting us through the sound here. this land is our land. it is the land of our founders. land of our future. i am proud to be standing here with the members of the house democratic caucus. 100% of our house democratic
leadership. we will shortly be joined by our colleagues from the senate, the senate democrats. we share our view with our republican colleagues. that what the president did is not constitutional in the view of many of us. it is immoral in the view of many of us. protect all of us. oath ofs, take an office to protect the constitution of the united states. is the president has done not in the interest of security. it is reckless. rash tockless and protect our constitution and our people, we must be strong and smart. i've now been joined by our distinguished leaders of the united states senate mr. schumer. we share a view of the
on thence of the words statue of liberty. it may your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free. know the rest, it is a statement of values of our country. it is a recognition that the strength of our country is in our diversity. of americaization comes from our immigrant population. it would now be my time to introduce to -- to very brave optimistic newcomers to our country but first i'm going to foroduce you to a champion the principles, embodying the statue of liberty and fought for our country since it began including this weekend at airports throughout the country. i think all of you for coming, i ask all of you to welcome the distinguished leader of the
senate, chuck schumer. chuck schumer: thank you, ladies and gentlemen, this order is against what we believe in america. the order will make us unsafe, the order will make us inhumane and the order will make us less of america. this order is what america is all about. becausemake us unsafe it will encourage those who are lone wolves as they get more isolated. becausemake us unsafe it makes our soldiers who are fighting overseas have fewer allies. becausemake us unsafe the nations of the world will no longer look up to us. it is against what
america is all about. history has been a shining beacon. you, ifaid we welcome you are oppressed because of your religion, because of your political beliefs, because of who you are, the lady in the harbor, and the city in which i live close a wonderful torch. that torch has stood for the greatness of america to all americans and to the citizens of the world. we will not let this evil order extinguished that great torch. we will not let this evil order make us less american. we will fight it with everything win thisnd we will fight. [applause]
>> let us all hold our candles high as the statue of liberty, the lady of liberty holds the torch high. our president has stooped low. behear tonight asked to president to withdraw this unconstitutional order. to it is my privilege these two people with their courageous stories. senator chris murphy.
representative jerry nadler. representative jerry nadler: this is the home of the statue of liberty and the home of ellis island. those symbols of america's cap welcoming people to our shores is a little beaten and battered today because of the little man in the white house, donald trump. when the president signed his dangerously stupid executive knew that afternoon i it was unconstitutional, discriminatory and morally reprehensible. what i did not know is that people all over this country joins together so quickly to fight this outrageous policy and
to help those in need. that gives me great hope that our country can overcome this dark time. we must overcome the start time. this little man in the white house who is disgracing our history and disgracing our traditions. we must continue to welcome people from all over the world regardless of their race or the color or the religion or their creed or the national origin. that is what our constitution demands. that is what our people the man. we will prevail. >> no been no wall. no been -- no ban, no wall. no ban. no wall. no ban . >> we are here tonight to make sure that this never becomes effective here in the united
states of america. this executive order on immigration and refugees is reckless, it is dangerous and i am ashamed about that executive order. the principles of our nation. it makes us less safe. when we rely upon our allies to help us, we are isolating america with this executive order. we will not allow the station to impose a religious test as to who can come to america. that is not the united states that we love. we are going to speak out and do everything we need to make sure this does not happen here under our watch. no to thised to say type of action.
we are going to be on the floor of the senate, we will take this debate to the american people. what you see here tonight is happening all over this country. people are standing up around the world. they need the u.s. leadership for refugees. and the united states must answer that call. we are committed to make sure this executive order is repealed. together, we will succeed. >> i am congresswoman nydia velazquez. in new york, saturday, i was with my colleague jerry nether. -- jerry nadler. thatre called to be told
there were people who were about to be reported. i am here to say as a member of president, what you did is shameful. it is not how you run the government. such an executive order, that is unconstitutional. that undermined the national security of our country. -- , it breaks my heart to see how these refugees who are seeking a better life, who are escaping violence, we turn our backs on them. that is not who we are.
that is un-american. we will fight to bring justice to everyone in this country and especially those refugees. they are escaping the realities and the heart -- car. horror. imagine this man who worked for the u.s. government who worked in your legally to be detained. imagine what it was for him to see his wife and his children allowed to enter the united states. that is not the american way. we are here to say mr. president, we are asking you to ill-advisedse this executive order. it is totally un-american. that is not who we are. asking, we they are
we stand here as american citizens. every generation of american citizens have had to earn the to enjoy the freedom and the privilege of citizenship. every generation has faced a , do we let our ideals expand or contract? do we let our freedoms grow or do they retrench? do we let law expand or do we let it the -- be defeated by hate? nation has a task, there is a shadow hanging over our ideals and our values. now more than ever we must choose to fight. we must choose to resist. we must choose to stand up for what we believe in. now more than ever. ever, as donald trump proceeds with an
unconstitutional and a moral executive order, we must stand up to this test and fight to make sure that the truth of america is known. , want the point to be clear nothing worthwhile is easy, the value that we enjoy, the freedom that we have, they were paid for by the blood sweat and tears of our ancestors. cannot choose to luxury at on the spice before us. we must earn them now. this fight will be long, it will be difficult but we must understand when somebody attacks muslim americans, they attack all of us. when someone attacks with prejudice, we must respond with love, i call upon everybody who can hear my voice that we must be determined to fight for the
long haul. standt be determined to up for refugees. we must be determined to stand up against hate. thank you. chu: on friday, resident trump issued an executive order, on saturday, i received frantic calls in los angeles. there were 50 iranian detainees with green cards that were being held. call from a constituent whose brother-in-law had a green card. they were returning from syria. answerso lax to demands from the customs and border control. they denied a response to us.
we found out that amongst those aing detained were 78-year-old woman, a seven month old child, a man with a green card who had been living here for 20 years. this cannot be the america that we now. ban is thep's muslim one the mining -- denying the truth of the statue of liberty. this is donald trump's america but it is not ours. >> now we have somebody, a newly iraq.d american from farra: good evening everyone. i would like to introduce you to
myself. i arrived in the united states two years ago. when i wasy 19 years old. i support the u.s. military and the troops in iraq. i supported the u.s. military in iraq with my father and all my family. in 2006, has been was murdered and my father was kidnapped and tortured. our support was with the u.s. military and this was the reason. my family apply for their visas and so did i. in 2012 after waiting eight years. eight years, every day i hid
everywhere. i lived in all cities with my two boys. they are still suffering in iraq. my father is getting old, i have to see him but i can't go back. my husband is in the navy and i can't go back to iraq and i can see my father. i can see my family in iraq and i need help. this decision has done nothing but tear my family apart. i played that the president will change his mind and will do something to reunite me with my family again. i need to see them. they are great people and i promise you they pose no threat for your national security and for no one. they are amazing people, great people to live with, to work with and everything. i appreciate your time and for everything. have elizabeth warren.
senator elizabeth warren. [applause] [applause] senator elizabeth warren: donald trump has issued an executive order that is a legal, unconstitutional and immoral. we are here to fight back. that is why we are here. donald trump is trying to chip away at the very foundation of our democracy. this country is in crisis. it is no longer business as usual in the united states congress. it is no longer business as usual in washington. up in this to step moment. americans are a good and decent people.
we stand with our fellow human beings who flee terrorism. we stand with the people who helped american soldiers. we stand with the people who , work and whotudy have families here. we will fight donald trump in the court. we will fight donald trump in the congress. we will band together to fight donald trump as he tries to put himself above the law of the united states. [applause] this is truly the purest form of patriotism. we are here to defend the constitution of the united states. moral here to defend our foundation. to fight for our
values today, tomorrow and forever. for as long as it takes to restore the basic decency and vision of this country. this is who we are. [applause] >> thank you elizabeth. now we have another one of our new americans. his name is omar. omar: high guys. thank you all for being a tonight. started, there is one thing i want to say quick. refugees are not your enemy. your enemy is the one who bears the refugees. your enemy is the one who makes the refugees. my name is omar, i came to this country as a refugee from syria,
i'm a filmmaker from syria. persecution, i fled a sad i came herese seeking freedom. speech, i want to express my opinion without being harassed by police and security forces. in american principles. i believe in liberalism, american principles and everything america stands for. i am not your enemy, i'm not a terrorist. what is going on out there is marginalization. the definition of generalization. millions ofint refugees with a single brush and call them terrorists. that is wrong. i want to thank you all for being here. thank you, you represent the beautiful face of the united
states of america. thank you so much. [applause] my name is roger. like my colleagues, i took a of to uphold the constitution. i would like to help grow the economy and help to unify the country. it is an assault on the constitution. it hurts working families in the economy. it divides our country. it is time to fight back. are you ready for the fight? are you ready to win?
you have heard of evangelical christians and i respect them. i am an evangelical american. liberty,the values of freedom, equality, hard work and prosperity. if you believe in those values, you are an american. regardless of where you came the color of your skin, how you pray, who you love and the number of letters in your name. all that matters is you live a good life, to take care of her family and you give back your country. are you ready for the fight? are you ready to win? god bless you and god bless america. thank you. the great middle west. jamie. jamie: i am here because people need to understand this is not just about this. this hits at the heartland of
america. minnesota has the second-biggest muslim population in the country. population,somali the biggest sectarian population. this is everybody in our state. we are proud of our refugees. we are proud of their families. story is this, we had a family that went up to dinner and they would sit there and a man walked by. they were muslim and the man walks by and says what are you for doing here? the woman says we are out to dinner. he says you go home, you go home to where you came from. the little girl looks up at her mom, he said we could eat out tonight, i don't want to go home. that little girl did not even know what he meant. she only knows one home. that is my state. she only knows one home and that is the united states of america. it hasder is callous and
created chaos and it must be reversed. maisie: hello high everybody. today is the 90th anniversary of fred's birth. during the height of the and worldese hysteria war ii, when 120,000 japanese americans were sent to internment camps he stood up and said no. andaid no when he was tried collected for going against government orders. was 40 years later that some new evidence was found that shows the government had hidden some evidence from the supreme
court because he is taken his case although it to supreme court and said the mass interment was justified because of wartime. for him to bers indicated. whenever our country targets a group, like the japanese-americans were muslims, history shows that we have been wrong. wrong, wrong, wrong. i am an immigrant. my mother brought me to this country. if the trump limitation on immigration has been in place, i would not be standing it today. if we do not stand up today, we will become complicit in what follows. no band, no wall, we stand with you. hello high. -- aloha. >> i will hear from andre carson. a muslim member of congress.
i represent indiana's seventh congressional district really proudly. i happen to be a former muslim and police officer. i wanted to come to know just as i worked at the indiana department of homeland security, there are thousands like me in our law enforcement community helping to keep america safe. i am reminded of the great dialogue after the constitutional convention between and franklin and a lady mr. powell.of she looked at all been and said what do we have? do we have a public or a monarchy? he looked at her and said we have a monarchy if you can keep
it. we have a republic if you can keep it. the question becomes how do you keep the republic? you keep the republic by having thousands of people, christians, muslims, hindus, sikhs, buddhists, nontheists showing up and showing out and say mr. trump this is not a monarchy, this is a democracy. [applause] we want to show mr. trump and the trump administration that all are welcome to the united states and this is how we keep the republic by uniting as fellow human beings and say no ban , no wall. no ban, nono wall, wall. >> bernie sanders of vermont.
sanders: thank you all for coming out tonight. messagend a very loud for mr. trump. ban is denying visit our right to country and contradicts everything that this country stands for and what our men and women in the military have bought four. -- fought for. our job is to bring people throughout the world closer together, not to divide them up. [applause] sanders: not only is this been a violation of what we as americans stand for, it will make us less safe, not more safe. what trump has done is give
>> i am al franken for the great state of minnesota. she said that we had the largest somali refugee population in the country. we are so proud of our somali community. i want to tell you a story. we had a girl from wilmer, and my staff told me that she was a new staff pai ge. her principal recommended her and she was very intelligent.
i went to meet her. it wasn't hard to pick her out from the other paiges. she had a hidjab. i came i invited myself to the high school graduation so i could introduce the graduating caesar seni who had been chosen as the classor the speaker. it was a beautiful ceremony. the kids gave her a standing 65%ion and the class was germanta, norwegian,
stock. 50% latino. latina.dictorian was 10% somali. university of minnesota getting out the vote. she told me that her sister had -- voted voting homecoming queen. i spoke to the french ambassador to the united states, i said what you colleague frenchman? he said someone that can point to a village where his family came from in france centuries ago. has a problemance like belgium. a frenchman you have to point to a village that you're from elite was from -- your
family was from. this executive order is wrong and the worst then that is dangerous. the wrong message to everyone. america.ot this is not america. thank you. >> let me just do this one thing. is john lewis still in the house? no he left. senator blumenthal. i am fromumenthal: the great state of connecticut. i want to say real quick, why
dad came to this country in 1935. he escaped persecution as a refugee. he was 17 years old. had not much more than the shirt on his back. he numeral nobody in this country. the united states of america gave him a chance to succeed. he would be sad and ashamed of this order. he was a proud american. she would be sad and ashamed of a ban on anyone based on a religion, race, national origin. that's kind of ban and discrimination are not only anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-muslim, it is anti-american. we need to fight, be strong.
movement -- america is rising. threat not just to one of religion or race it is a threat to all of us. thank you leader pelosi. i'm happy to introduce might collect. colleague. >> do you stand for liberty? do you stand for justice? lady liberty is crying. do you stand with lady liberty? give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. isn't that what america is all about?
sally -- sally gates after she announced she would not defend the executive order on immigration and refugees. a statement from the white house reads in part, the acting attorney general sally yates has betrayed the department of justice are refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the united states. this was approved as to legality by the department of legal counsel. and it obama administration appointee week on borders and illegal immigration. the statement says that president trump relieved her of her duties and subsequently until jeff sessions is confirmed. part of the state's this evening on white house. > the nomination of> just
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>> at the daily briefing white house press secretary sean spicer took issue with reports on president trump's memorandum on the administration's national security council. he also spoke about the recent executive order on refugees and immigrants from seven muslim countries. this is an hour. >> thank you all for coming.