Dem senator: Supreme Court wrong on 'un-American' travel ban

Dem senator: Supreme Court wrong on 'un-American' travel ban
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzAlabama Republican touts provision in infrastructure bill he voted against Telehealth was a godsend during the pandemic; Congress should keep the innovation going Framing our future beyond the climate crisis MORE (D-Hawaii) on Tuesday ripped the Supreme Court's ruling that upheld President TrumpDonald TrumpFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Giving thanks for Thanksgiving itself Immigration provision in Democrats' reconciliation bill makes no sense MORE's travel ban, saying that the policy is "xenophobic" and "un-American." 

"What is legal is not always just," Schatz tweeted. "A narrow ruling on whether or not the president is in possession of statutory authority to implement this policy avoids the basic question of whether or not it’s the right thing to do."

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He added that the court "made the wrong decision and ignored the evidence that the Muslim ban, even the more narrowly tailored version, is a xenophobic policy that makes our country no safer than before."

"The American people know the truth about the Muslim ban: it is un-American,” Schatz said. 

His comments came shortly after the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld a travel ban that bars individuals from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Those countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

Schatz's home state of Hawaii led the challenge against Trump's policy, which was first implemented through executive order. The state argued the policy discriminated against immigrants based on religion and was in violation of immigration law. 

But in its decision, the court said the president has broad discretion under immigration law to suspend the entry of foreign nationals into the U.S.

In addition to Schatz, many Democratic lawmakers and organizations have rebuked the SCOTUS decision. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that history will remember the ruling harshly. Rep. Keith EllisonKeith EllisonFormer Rep. Raúl Labrador running for Idaho attorney general Keith Ellison seeking reelection as Minnesota attorney general Minneapolis votes down measure replacing police department MORE (D-Minn.) said the ban will give legitimacy to "discrimination and Islamaphobia."