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Schuette, Duggan weigh in on Trump’s immigration order

The Detroit News

Michigan’s attorney general and Detroit’s mayor are weighing in on President Trump’s immigration crackdown and expanded scrutiny.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Trump’s executive order Friday was not a Muslim ban on immigration.

“The United States must have an immigration policy that provides safety and security for our nation, that is hopeful to all new Americans and which discriminates against no one,” Schuette wrote on Facebook post Monday evening.

“President Trump’s Executive Order is not a ban on Muslims, and he is placing the security of Americans first.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan issued a statement Monday, saying his city was “proud of our status as a Welcoming City, where immigrants from all countries are embraced.”

“I’ve had a chance to visit some of our refugees as they’ve moved into their new homes in Detroit,” he said. “Their stories are deeply moving: fleeing with young children from the horrors of war, barely subsisting in overcrowded refugee camps in Turkey or Jordan, often for years, until the lengthy U.S. vetting process finally clears them.

“When you hear the pride and excitement in their voices for their chance to start a new life in this country, you realize what America means to so many in the world. Our country won’t be made safer by telling victims of oppression that America’s doors are closed to them or by telling them they’re unwelcome because of their religion.

“That’s just not who we are as Americans.”

Trump’s order Friday also found support over the weekend from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who called that the country’s method of vetting immigrants “ridiculous”; Michigan Republican Rep. David Trott of Birmingham said while it was “heartbreaking” see refugees flee their homes, “I understand that out first and foremost priority must be to ensure the safety of American families ...”

Other lawmakers, advocacy leaders and citizens voiced their objections over the weekend in Romulus, Hamtracmk and other venues. U.S. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, rallied with opponents of the ban at Metro Airport on Sunday. “This hasn’t been thought out. … We are Americans and we need to stand for what that means,” she said.