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 SchumerObama: Filibuster makes it 'almost impossible' to govern Democrats need their top general — Pelosi — in age of Trump Facebook reeling after damning NYT report 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."

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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 MurphySenators return to Washington intent on action against Saudis Howard Dean: Democratic Party getting younger as GOP gets ‘older and whiter’ We need a bipartisan issue to unite us. Saudi Arabia is that issue 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 FeinsteinDems slam Trump for siding with Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi killing Trump signals Saudis won't face severe punishment for Khashoggi killing Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship 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 ShaheenDems slam Trump for siding with Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi killing Senators push back on Russian official's candidacy for Interpol president Sunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover 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 RyanPoll: Trump easily defeats potential GOP rivals in hypothetical primary matchups Ethics panel calls on House, Senate leaders to act on anti-sexual harassment bill The Hill's Morning Report — Are Pelosi’s Democratic detractors going too far? 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."