Many constituents have written to me over the past few days on President Trump's Executive Order regarding immigration and I would like to take this opportunity to set out my views on the matter. The Executive Order puts in place a ban on travel to the U.S. from seven nations for 90 days.
On Monday, I wrote to the Prime Minister to raise my concerns regarding this policy. It is right that we work closely with the U.S. to promote international peace and security, but I believe this to be a hugely retrograde step.
I was pleased to hear of the Government's actions over the weekend to protect the interests of UK nationals with dual citizenship. Furthermore, the Government is clear in its opposition to the Executive Order.
In many of the emails I have received from constituents, many put it to me that further action should be taken and that President Trump's planned state visit to the UK should be cancelled. On this point, I find it difficult to support such a visit while any discriminatory immigration policy is in place in the United States. We must be able to speak openly and frankly to our American counterparts, not least when we disagree; a point expressed in my letter to the Prime Minister.
I recognise that our alliance with the United States continues to be of great significance and should be protected. However, it is right that we condemn unacceptable policies such as these.
If any constituents would like to read a copy of my letter to the Prime Minister, please email email@example.com.
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