- The Washington Times
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Wednesday that she would register as a Muslim in response to President Trump’s policies to curtail individuals or refugees attempting to enter the U.S. from unstable Muslim nations.

Executive orders expected to be signed by Mr. Trump related to immigration and border security have prompted Ms. Albright to join a “solidarity” movement championed last weekend by the Women’s March on Washington.

“I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity,” the former secretary of state said Wednesday on Twitter.

Ms. Albright added that there “is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty,” which includes the famous lines, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Mr. Trump’s argument, as stated on the campaign trail prior to his Election Day victory, is that not all refugees from dangerous regions want liberty as laid out by the Declaration of Independence and codified into law by the U.S. Constitution.

“In order to protect Americans, we must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward our country and its founding principles,” a draft order seen by CNN reads. “We cannot, and should not, admit into our country those who do not support the U.S. Constitution, or those who would place violent religious edicts over American law.”

The network reported Wednesday that officials will be ordered to prevent all persons trying to enter the country from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 30 days.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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