Ali Noorani: Condolences to Victims and Families; Fearmongering Is Not the Answer

Communications Associate

June 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

“We are deeply saddened by this weekend’s horrific attack in Orlando. Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims and their loved ones.

“In the wake of this terrible attack, no candidate should fearmonger and demagogue entire religions, ethnic groups and immigrant communities. Nor should anyone else. Such a response is callous and misguided. It does nothing to make the nation safer. In fact, the worst thing we can do is play into the hands of extremists by causing us to forget our core values and creating an atmosphere of fear.

“Banning an entire religion from entering the U.S. is un-American. This tragic act of homegrown terrorism is not about immigration, it is about the loss of 50 lives in an act of hate.

“We need a practical, pragmatic response that involves law enforcement, a repudiation of violence from Muslim and all communities, and the protection of civil liberties and respect for hardworking immigrants.”