Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state under Democratic President Bill Clinton said Wednesday, she is prepared to “register as Muslim” in solidarity amid reports that President Trump plans to take executive action affecting immigrants 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.
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) January 25, 2017
The former Secretary of State also tweeted: “There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds”.
There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017
Albright’s tweet echoes the sentiment of feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who said Saturday she, too, would register as a Muslim if such a registry were required.
“If you force Muslims to register, we will all register as Muslims,” Steinem said during a speech at the Women’s March on Washington, drawing raucous cheers.
Those moves come amid a series of executive actions Trump has taken in the first few days of his presidency, including orders to enforce immigration laws. During the last budget year, the U.S. accepted 84,995 refugees, including 12,587 people from Syria and President Barack Obama had set the refugee limit for this budget year at 110,000. uring the campaign Trump, said vetting procedures were inadequate and suggested that terrorists could pose as Syrian refugees to infiltrate the United States.
Trump has the authority to determine how many refugees are accepted annually and he can suspend the program at any time. Refugee processing was suspended in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, restarting months later.