THE LONDON Assembly member for Waltham Forest has blasted US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries as ’cruel and discriminatory’.
Jennette Arnold, member for Waltham Forest, Hackney and Islington, reassured people originally from the seven countries subject to the ban that they were welcome in London.
She said: “The travel ban is cruel and discriminatory. It panders to people’s fear and prejudice, and can make people born in those countries feel targeted and discriminated against.
“I want to send a clear message to those living in Waltham Forest, who were born in one of the so-called ‘banned’ countries, you are welcome here.”
The assembly member was speaking after she approved a motion backing London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ’immediate and unequivocal condemnation’ of the ban.
The motion was passed, 13 to one, with the Conservative assembly member abstaining and the UKIP assembly member voting against.
A total of 3,006 people in Waltham Forest were born in one of the seven countries targeted by the US President’s policy; 2,364 from Somalia and 272 from Iran.
The other five countries are Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria.
Ms Arnold slammed the government’s response to Mr Trump’s policy, accusing them of cowardice.
She said: “The Government’s response to it has been feeble, perhaps for fear of offending Donald Trump. We need them to unequivocally condemn the travel ban, and take real action to ensure our capital is not going to be adversely affected.”
Three judges at a US federal appeals court upheld the ban on Mr Trump’s executive order on Thursday, February 9, deeming it ’unconstitutional’.