September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: don’t use our loved ones to turn away refugees

Eight members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows have denounced President Trump’s executive order, reports Carol Kuruvilla in the Huffington Post.

The order, signed last Friday, bans Syrian refugees from the US indefinitely, while people from seven other countries ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― banned temporarily. The executive order mentions the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 three times. Not mentioned in the order were the countries that were home to the 19 September 11th terrorists — Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Talat Hamdani, whose son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, was a cadet with the NYPD; Terry McGovern, whose mother Ann McGovern was killed in the South Tower; Emma Barker-Lasar, whose great-uncle Abraham Zelmanowitz was killed in the North Tower; Adele Welty, who lost her son, Firefighter Timothy Welty; and family members Barry Amundson, Andrew Rice, Terry Rockefeller and John Sigmund represented September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

The group does not represent all families of those killed in the attacks. Other family members, including Kathleen Ganci, whose husband was the Chief of Department of the New York City Fire Department killed in the attacks, told the New York Times she supported the ban.

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