Durbin on blocking children refugees: 'What does it say about us?'

Durbin on blocking children refugees: 'What does it say about us?'

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over Senate panel sends Trump appeals court pick to floor in party-line vote Democrats aim to amend Graham subpoena to include Trump allies MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday blasted President Trump's sweeping executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying refugees coming into this country are carefully vetted.

"When it comes to refugees, these children who are coming from war-torn zones, we're going to stop them from coming to this country?" Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, asked on "Fox News Sunday."

"What does it say about us? And what does it say about our vigilance when it comes to keeping this country safe when we target children?"

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Durbin said the president has established a target on refugees.

"And I don't think that is our vulnerability," Durbin said.

"If you want to make America safe, the refugee program is the most carefully vetted program in our government."

The president on Friday signed an order that bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the country's refugee resettlement program for four months.

It also denies entry for 90 days to people from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

A federal judge in New York on Saturday night granted an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of immigrants and refugees detained following Trump's order.