Democrats denounce Trump's actions barring refugees
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Democrats resoundingly condemned Trump’s executive action on refugees and U.S. entry from several predominantly Muslim countries Friday. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) said “tears are running down the checks of the Statue of Liberty” and called the order “backward and nasty.” 

Trump's executive order bans Syrian refugees "until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the [U.S. Refugee Admissions Program] to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest."

His action also suspends the entire refugee program for 120 days, and also halts entry for visitors and certain visa holders from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq for 90 days.


Warren called the move “a betrayal of American values.” 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers feel pressure on guns Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting MORE (D-Conn.) wrote in an Huffington Post op-ed that “Trump has now handed ISIS a path to rebirth."

On Twitter, he shared a widely spread photo of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned as his family attempted to migrate to Europe, along with the message: “To my colleagues: don’t ever again lecture me on American moral leadership if you chose to be silent today.”  

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers feel pressure on guns Feinstein: Trump must urge GOP to pass bump stock ban Florida lawmakers reject motion to consider bill that would ban assault rifles MORE (D-Calif.) invoked the same image. 

“There is no legitimate national security reason to ban refugees — the vast majority of whom are women and children who have experienced absolute horror,” she wrote in a statement. 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), whose name often comes up in 2020 speculation, called the order “fundamentally un-American.” 

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: VA chief won't resign | Dem wants probe into VA hacking claim | Trump official denies plan for 'bloody nose' N. Korea strike | General '100 percent' confident in US missile defense Trump official denies US planning 'bloody nose' strike on North Korea House Oversight Committee opens probe into sexual abuse of gymnasts MORE called it “grossly inhumane.” 

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote on Twitter: “Shame. Shame. Shame. Today is a dark day. I feel sick.”

Trump's action earned support from top Republicans like Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE, who wrote in a statement: "President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country."