I am joining over one million people across our country in calling for the State visit of US President Donald Trump to be delayed until he withdraws the appalling ban he has imposed on travel to the America from seven Muslim-majority countries.
If you have not done so already, please join me in signing the petition by clicking here.
In addition to the travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the US President has used his executive order power to impose a four month suspension on the United States’ refugees programme and an indefinite ban on welcoming refugees from Syria.
Thankfully, the executive orders are being strongly challenged in the US courts; hundreds of thousands of people across the US have responded with solidarity protests at airports; and hundreds of lawyers are giving their time for free to support those detained.
Here, Prime Minister Theresa May has been shamed into acting after initially saying President Trump’s actions were nothing to do with her. She acted only when her own MPs spoke out and the public raised its voice in unison.
We must take heart from the response to President Trump’s action which shows that people in the US, here and across our planet recognise that the solution to the threat from terrorist jihadist groups, is not blanket bans against Muslims, but solidarity around our shared universal human values.
Hatred and prejudice against the people of any country, race or religion must have no place in how we conduct our politics.
Our country has a proud record of welcoming people fleeing war, terror and persecution throughout its history. We cannot be seen to be walking hand-in-hand with a US President who is willing to turn his back on that famous promise carved in to the Statue of Liberty to welcome the ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
To any of my constituents from the affected countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – worried about the impact of this policy, please be in touch.
We cannot and must not roll out the red carpet for President Trump with a full State visit. I hope to make these points in Parliament today and that’s why I’m supporting this petition. Please join me in signing the petition by clicking here.