We cannot stand idly by: Social Democrats call on Taoiseach to condemn latest US immigration shutdowns

January 29, 2017

The Social Democrats call on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to speak out in the face of the latest disturbing actions on immigration and refugees by President Trump.

Social Democrat co-leaders Roísín Shortall TD and Catherine Murphy TD said:

We cannot be silently complicit. The targeting of specific groups of people has dangerous precedents in history and must be resisted. Our Government cannot stand idly by. We call on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in the name of Irish people everywhere, to condemn the latest actions by President Trump.

Shutting the doors to America in such a cruel and arbitrary way is not what is best about the US, which has for generations accepted and supported those fleeing persecution.

The way in which we protect the most vulnerable is an indicator of our core values, of a healthy democracy and of our common humanity. We do not believe that the latest actions by President Trump and his administration are indicators of the core values of most American people, nor of Irish people.

The fundamentals of democracy and the rule of law are being turned on their heads. All those now being blocked from entering the US were legal immigrants or have been through very strict US and UNHCR procedures before being accepted as refugees to the US.

The shutdown impacts on us many ways in Ireland not least as we are now home to US immigration and it is on our soil that people are being turned away from their homes and their families.

We are in uncharted waters. The time is coming where we have to decide where we will stand. We are vulnerable in terms of our global economy, but we believe Irish people will stand for decency, respect, democracy and our common humanity. We call on the Government to act in our name, for our values.”


29th January 2017