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Rep. Tonko Thanks Demonstrators For Protesting Executive Order

New York Congressman Paul Tonko
Lucas Willard

A Capital Region Congressman is thanking protestors who demonstrated over the weekend against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko in a statement thanked peaceful demonstrators at the Albany International Airport, Rutland, Vermont, and across the country for standing up for what he called the basic human rights of refugees.

Tonko said, “The vetting process they went through to get here was already extreme. Throwing them back to the wolves is beyond wrong. It is inhuman and un-American.”

Republican President Donald Trump defended his actions and blamed the media for what he said was falsely reporting it as a Muslim ban. On Sunday, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new state hotline intended to protect refugees and report individuals believed to be missing or detained.

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