CLEVELAND, OH – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement opposing President Trump's executive order to block refugees fleeing violence and persecution.  

“Keeping America safe must be our top priority, and we do that by aggressively going after terrorism wherever it exists, not by turning our backs on children and families just like ours, whose only goal is to escape violence and persecution,” Brown said. “We must continue to use every tool at our disposal to make sure our screening system is tough and effective, and I have and will continue to support meaningful efforts to ensure our vetting process works to keep terrorists out. But targeting women, children and families who are fleeing the very same terrorists we are fighting against is wrong, will not make America safer, and may actually undermine our long-term security.”

Brown pointed to the fact that President Trump issued the executive order on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and warned that America must not repeat failures of the past.