Democrats denounce Trump’s actions barring refugees
Democrats resoundingly condemned Trump’s executive action on refugees and U.S. entry from several predominantly Muslim countries Friday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (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.”
Warren called the move “a betrayal of American values.”
Sen. Chris Murphy (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 Feinstein (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.”
President Trump’s fundamentally un-American executive order today stands in painful contrast to our ideals: pic.twitter.com/ynDLwRgqrW
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 28, 2017
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 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 Ryan, 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.”
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