Senate Resolution 11 - Introduced SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 11 BY D. JOHNSON , PETERSEN , BOLKCOM , QUIRMBACH , DVORSKY , DOTZLER , DANIELSON , BISIGNANO , BOULTON , and McCOY A Resolution relating to the Executive Order of the 1 President of the United States titled Protecting the 2 Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United 3 States. 4 WHEREAS, since its founding, the United States of 5 America has been a nation of immigrants; and 6 WHEREAS, throughout its history, the United States 7 of America has welcomed people seeking refuge from war, 8 famine, terrorism, and other atrocities occurring in 9 other nations on every continent; and 10 WHEREAS, Congress passed the federal Displaced 11 Persons Act of 1948 following World War II to aid in 12 the settlement of 400,000 displaced persons; and 13 WHEREAS, the United States joined 145 nations 14 as parties to the 1967 United Nations Protocol on 15 the Status of Refugees in the United States, and 16 since 1975, the United States has accepted more than 17 3,300,000 refugees from the former Soviet Union, 18 Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin 19 America; and 20 WHEREAS, in 1975, Iowa established the Bureau of 21 Refugee Services in response to the fall of Saigon 22 during the Vietnam War and Iowa was the first state to 23 offer resettlement; and 24 WHEREAS, Iowa resettles on average between 650 and 25 700 refugees every year; and 26 WHEREAS, throughout its history, the United States 27 -1- LSB 2408XS (4) 87 hb/rj 1/ 3
S.R. 11 has benefited from the significant contributions of 1 immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees who have 2 become scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs; and 3 WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump signed the 4 Executive Order titled Protecting the Nation from 5 Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States on 6 January 27, 2017, that will prevent at least 90,000 7 persons from entering the United States but fails to 8 exclude the entry of persons from any of the countries 9 involved in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks 10 against the United States; and 11 WHEREAS, the executive order prohibits entry of any 12 refugees awaiting resettlement in the United States for 13 120 days, including refugees who had already received 14 visas; and 15 WHEREAS, the executive order also bars entry by 16 all Syrian refugees into the United States for an 17 indefinite period of time, including people who had 18 already obtained visas; and 19 WHEREAS, since its signing, the executive order 20 has had a grave impact on individuals, families, and 21 businesses around the globe; and 22 WHEREAS, individuals and families who hold visas, 23 green cards, or dual citizenship have been detained, 24 delayed, or refused entry to the United States since 25 the executive order took effect; and 26 WHEREAS, those individuals who have been denied 27 expedient entry into the United States include 28 individuals who have aided the United States’ armed 29 forces in various theaters of armed conflict, including 30 -2- LSB 2408XS (4) 87 hb/rj 2/ 3
S.R. 11 in Afghanistan and Iraq; and 1 WHEREAS, the executive order has a disproportionate 2 impact on Muslims; and 3 WHEREAS, the preference of one religion over another 4 is contrary to the traditions, statutes, and the 5 Constitution of the United States; and 6 WHEREAS, religious, civic, and business leaders, 7 including clergy of various faiths and denominations, 8 leaders of many of America’s largest companies, and 9 elected officials belonging to both major political 10 parties have publicly expressed strong opposition 11 to the executive order and its implications; NOW 12 THEREFORE, 13 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the Senate 14 rejects all of the provisions contained in the 15 President’s executive order; and 16 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Senate urges 17 President Donald J. Trump to immediately rescind the 18 executive order; and 19 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this 20 Resolution be sent to President Donald J. Trump, 21 Vice President and President of the Senate Michael 22 Pence, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate 23 Mitchell McConnell, Jr., the Speaker of the United 24 States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, Jr., the 25 Governor of Iowa Terry E. Branstad, and each member of 26 Iowa’s congressional delegation. 27 -3- LSB 2408XS (4) 87 hb/rj 3/ 3