September 11 Families: Don’t Use Our Loved Ones To Turn Away Refugees

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Talat Hamdani is the mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, who was a first responder at the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla; Associate Religion Editor

September 11 Families: Don’t Use Our Loved Ones To Turn Away Refugees | The Huffington Post

“This is not about protecting Americans. This is about bigotry.”

President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting Muslim refugees and immigrants explicitly mentions the September 11 terrorist attacks three times. The president has claimed that the new restrictions honor the lives lost on that tragic day.

Now, some victims’ family members are speaking out against Trump’s order ― and claiming that his administration is using their loved ones’ deaths to stoke fear.

A group of eight individuals involved with the organization September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows came together on Tuesday to denounce Trump’s ban as thoroughly un-American.

Terry McGovern, whose mother Ann McGovern died in the South Tower, said that she was “sickened” by Trump’s use of September 11 to justify “hatred, bigotry, and religious discrimination.”

“Don’t use our loved ones, and especially my mother, to turn away refugees,” McGovern said during a press conference call arranged by the group. “This is not about protecting Americans. This is about bigotry. I for one am really tired of the exploitation of 9/11 for agendas that have nothing to do with our loved ones.”

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