PRINCETON – As the country reacts to a series of executive orders made by President Trump over the past weeks – especially a highly contentious “travel ban,” – some officials in Mercer County have chosen to speak out.

On Tuesday that included Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, who called Trump’s executive orders on immigration issues, “cruel, counterproductive, and contrary to the values we hold dear in Princeton.”

Lempert and Jackson both weighed in on the orders following a week of protests around the country, which, in recent days, centered at airports where people traveling to the states from select Middle Eastern countries were being detained.

“(We) want to reaffirm that we are a welcoming community that recognizes and celebrates the diversity that makes our town such a special place,” Lempert wrote in the letter, which was signed by all six of the Princeton council members. The letter went on to remind readers of the meaning Supertotobet behind the Statue of Liberty, “a beacon of hope welcoming immigrants to the United States for more than a century.”

 Mercer County exec. speaks out on Trump order

In his statement, Jackson similarly condemned Trump’s “divisive rhetoric, executive orders and cabinet appointments,” which he called alarming.

“Our collective concern is real, and we must come together as one community to demand that the Trump administration honors the ideals, values, compassion and diversity upon which this great nation was built,” Jackson said.

Trump’s order bars citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days and refugees for 120 days, and blocks indefinitely all refugees from Syria.

Many have criticized the order, saying it targets predominantly Muslim countries. Trump has denied that the order is related to religion but has called it a “ban.”

Lempert and Jackson are just the latest to speak out against Trump’s order. On Monday, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes called the order, “destructive,” while Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said the university believes everyone on campus benefits from the ability of people to cross borders to get an education.

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