EDISON, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), hosted a roundtable with Muslim leaders in New Jersey last night to discuss issues of concern to the Muslim American community.  The roundtable, held at Masjid Al-Wali in Edison, focused on a number of issues, including the bigoted rhetoric directed towards Muslim Americans and refugees that is becoming increasingly common in our political discourse.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to hear from the Muslim community here in New Jersey about what they are facing on a daily basis,” said Pallone.  “The hateful rhetoric we are hearing these days directed towards refugees and the Muslim-American community can only be described as shameful.  These sentiments betray who we are as Americans and do not reflect the dignity and compassion we should be showing to those seeking our assistance and a better life for their families.”

In November 2015, Pallone voted against H.R. 4038—the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act—which would create an overwrought, bureaucratic review process that would effectively halt the resettlement of families fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria.  The United States Senate is expected to take up the legislation today.

“I am disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle do not share my confidence that America is capable of ensuring its security while continuing to welcome and resettle vulnerable families as we have throughout our nation’s history,” added Pallone.  “The legislation being considered today in the Senate will not improve our nation’s already robust refugee screening process and would be rightly vetoed by President Obama.  I urge leaders in both chambers to work towards finding solutions that continue to keep Americans safe while welcoming those seeking a better life in our country.”