Thursday, May 10, 2018

US Rep Greg Meeks Sounds Off On Trump's Iran Nuclear Pullout, Korea's Prisoner Release, And Treatment Of Immigrants

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Representative Meeks’ Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Deal

From The Office Of US Congressman Gregory Meeks

Washington, DC— Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, JCOPE, and reinstatement of sanctions:

 “President Trump’s reinstatement of sanctions against Iran and his withdrawal from the JCPOA sabotages a deal that is working as designed. In so doing, he has set us on a perilous course forward, endangering Americans, tarnishing the United States’ leadership role, and undermining stability in the Middle East.

“I have followed this process from the JCPOA’s inception; I have gone to great lengths to stay informed on related developments. It is clear to me that President Trump’s decision to pull out of the JCPOA is not based on any facts and is disconnected from expert input. From the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), to our world allies in the P5+1, everyone is in agreement: the JCPOA is working; everyone, now, except for the Trump Administration.

“Like so much this administration does, including reneging on the Paris agreement and the DREAM Act, his unilateral decision to withdraw from the Iran deal is based on nothing but a desire to spite and dismantle the accomplishments of President Barack Obama. This is a good deal, forged over years of multilateral diplomacy and is in the best interests of the United States, of our allies in the region, and those around the world.

“Without a back-up plan and absent any clear strategy, tearing up the JCPOA restarts and accelerates Iran’s path to nuclearization. Once again, Trump has made it clear that he does not act based on fact and the best interest of the American people.”

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Rep. Meeks Statement on North Korea's Release of American Prisoners

Washington, DC—Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, issued the following statement regarding the release of North Korean prisoners:

“I congratulate Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on successfully returning home the three Americans held captive in North Korea, and wish them a warm return to their family and loved ones. Today’s success reminds us that diplomacy works, and it underscores the importance of having a functioning State Department to advance our global interests.

“In the year since two of the three released captives were taken prisoner, we have seen renewed hopes of warming relations with North Korea. Through the diplomatic efforts of Moon Jae-in and decades of U.S. pressure, North Korea has finally agreed to come to the table.

“In prior bilateral talks, we’ve depended on extensive diplomatic cables to assess the demands of the countries with whom we’ve negotiated. It is my hope that Secretary Pompeo has made up for lost time, and that President Trump will be prepared for the upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un. It is in the interests of all U.S. citizens and allies in the region that the pending meeting with North Korea results in denuclearization, a halt in their ICBM testing, and a new relationship for our countries.”

Rep. Meeks Statement on Trump Separating Families at Border

Washington, DC—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding the White House decision to separate families caught at the border by placing children in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In its callous decision to separate families arriving at our border, the White House’s escalation of border enforcement has crossed the moral line. Though my colleagues and I have had strong disagreements over immigration policy, tearing children away from their families and loved ones is indefensible and downright heartless.

This administration continues to dehumanize families who are seeking safety and refuge from dangerous gang violence in Central America. The dangerous journey families take is not a choice they make lightly and many suffer unspeakable harm on their voyage. Many do not make here it here alive.

Ripping apart families does nothing but inflict unnecessary pain. As a nation of immigrants, we should exhibit thoughtful compassion, not boundless contempt for, those who have made it safely to our soil.

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