Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican, opposes President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern countries, saying it was poorly vetted and contains concerning “unintended consequences.”
“I do support a fair and thorough vetting process for immigrants to get to America legally,” Fung said in a statement. “But, I am concerned about the unintended consequences from this executive order. I’m troubled at the lack of notice for families in transit and for detaining legal green card holders. People who have been living here legally with Green Cards or followed the rules to work or study in the United States should not be detained or deported based on their religion or country of origin.”
Fung added, “It appears as though this executive order was rolled out quickly, far too quickly in my opinion, and did not go through proper vetting. We all know how botched roll outs go in this state, and often leads to a lot of anguish and needless suffering. While I whole-heartedly support sensible reforms, and think we need to strengthen our borders greatly, immigration and national security are complex problems that should not be rushed.
A first generation American whose parents immigrated from China in 1969, Fung supported Trump during the campaign, but he never endorsed him. The former and perhaps future Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate has kept his distance from Trump while not crossing party lines. After a video emerged showing Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women during the campaign, Fung said, according to the Providence Journal:
“Like many other Republicans I am deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s comments of 11 years ago. However, I strongly disagree with the path that Hillary Clinton would choose for our nation. My only focus right now is on my own reelection.”
It’s unclear if other Rhode Island Republicans support the executive order. I tweeted this to several prominent Republicans with indepedent streaks earlier today and only former state Senator Dawson Hodgson retweeted it.
— Bob Plain (@bobplain) January 29, 2017
Democrats are unanimously against Trump’s executive order that some say is a sort of ban on Muslims because it targets Middle Eastern countries with high Muslim populations. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressan David Cicilline, Governor Gina Raimondo, Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, state Rep. Aaron Regunberg all spoke out against it in no uncertain terms at a State House rally that attracted more than 1,000 people. Congressman Jim Langevin attended but did not speak. It was the second anti-Trump demonstration at the State House in as many weeks to draw more than 1,000 people .