ACLU Comment on Trump Assistant Secretary of State Nomination

May 25, 2018 11:30 am


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WASHINGTON — President Trump nominated Ronald Mortensen to Assistant Secretary of State today.

Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union, said:

“Ronald Mortensen — a DACA-hating, anti-immigrant zealot — cannot fairly manage the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The ACLU does not oppose or endorse nominations, but Mortensen’s previous statements and animosity towards civil rights and civil liberties are deeply concerning and should be raised by senators. In considering this nomination, all senators must stand up for the core principle that the Constitution protects immigrants.”

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