Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says she is ready to "register as Muslim" after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump will sign two new executive orders having to do with Muslim immigration to the U.S.
"I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity," Albright tweeted Wednesday. At the same time, she sent out another tweet saying "America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds."
I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.— Madeleine Albright (@Madeleine Albright) 1485368333.0
There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds.… https://t.co/pKiSaPouGw— Madeleine Albright (@Madeleine Albright) 1485368302.0
Albright's tweet came after the Associated Press reported Wednesday that it had obtained a draft executive order that would suspend for at least 30 days any immigrants to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Trump is expected to sign the order this week.
The new executive order would also prohibit the acceptance of Syrian refugees for at least 120 days.
Trump ran his presidential campaign largely on his promise to crack down on immigration both from Mexico and the Middle East amid fears the U.S. is not properly vetting those who come into the country. After proposing his controversial Muslim ban, Trump later said he would impose a system of "extreme vetting" and regularly floated the idea of a Muslim registry to track Muslims already in the country.
"We are excluding certain countries. But for other countries we're gonna have extreme vetting," Trump said during an interview with ABC News that aired Wednesday." It's going to be very hard to come in. Right now it's very easy to come in. It's gonna be very, very hard. I don't want terror in this country."
(H/T: The Hill)