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Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Calls on Fellow New Jersey Delegation Members to Address Constituents on Immigration Executive Order

Bonnie Watson Coleman leads a moment of silence in Congress for those who died in a recent error attack in Quebec. Credits: C-Span

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) penned a letter to the members of the entire New Jersey congressional delegation requesting their attendance at a meeting with Muslim community leaders from New Jersey. On February 14, they will convene to hear firsthand from constituents on their impressions of President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration.

“Regardless of where my colleagues and I stand on the merits of these Executive Orders, our delegation is most effective when we are all on one accord.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide our constituents with the support and guidance that they expect and deserve and this bipartisan meeting serves to meet that need.”

This meeting request follows a conference call Rep. Watson Coleman hosted with Muslim leaders across her district earlier this week.  Since the signing of the Executive Order and its implementation worldwide, staff members have fielded concerns from constituents who are members of the Muslim community, their families and friends with deep concern.

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Yesterday, the Congresswoman led a moment of silence on the House Floor memorializing the terrorist attack in Quebec City – the first federal acknowledgment, to date.

The full text of the letter is available below:

Dear Colleague,

I am inviting you to participate in a meeting with New Jersey Muslim community leaders to hear firsthand their impressions of President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration. This meeting will take place on February 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Regardless of where you stand on the merits of President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration, it is clear that New Jersey constituents are significantly impacted by the implications of this decision. These concerns have been acutely expressed within the Muslim community. As such, I feel it is important that we as a bipartisan delegation have an opportunity to hear directly from our constituents in a private setting.

I am proud that New Jersey has been a positive national model of the rich benefits of diversity and inclusion. I am also humbled by tremendous record of local, state, and federal leadership on behalf that our delegation has collectively achieved. As we continue to carry out the work on behalf of our constituents, I look forward to working closely with each of you to uphold both our national security and founding values.

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