Flake: Just because travel ban is constitutional 'doesn’t make it wise'

Flake: Just because travel ban is constitutional 'doesn’t make it wise'
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R-Ariz.) responded with disappointment to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE's travel ban, saying on Wednesday that "just because" the measure "is constitutional" does not mean it is a good idea. 

Flake cited a piece he wrote on Medium in April of 2017, arguing against the ban. 

"I feel the same today. Just because something is constitutional doesn’t make it wise. The travel ban does not make us safer," the senator wrote on Wednesday.

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Flake argued last year that a "blanket ban" such as Trump's would not ultimately help the U.S. in the global war on terror.  

“This does not, however, make the new travel ban a good idea. I fail to see what national security gains are achieved. In fact, our long-term security goals are compromised," Flake wrote last year.

"To win this war on terrorism we will need the help of good and decent citizens in every country — including those countries compromised by terrorism. Imposing a blanket ban based on nationality will only make such assistance more difficult to obtain.” 

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to uphold Trump's travel ban on Tuesday, saying the president has broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the U.S.

“The president lawfully exercised that discretion based on his findings — following a worldwide, multi-agency review — that entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the national interest,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. 

Trump issued the policy by presidential proclamation, which limited travel into the United States by people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. The nation of Chad first appeared on the list, but was later removed.