Bernie Sanders and others respond to Trump’s Muslim ban

“Trump's anti-Muslim order plays into the hands of fanatics wishing to harm America.”

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Senator Bernie Sanders is deeply unhappy with Trump’s recent executive order.

On Saturday, Sanders posted some of his thoughts on Twitter, accusing Trump of giving fanatics more fuel to “harm America”:

Senator Chris Murphy also used social media to express his outrage at Trump, posting an image of a dead Syrian child refugee and attacking those that “choose to be silent”:

Even Republican politicians are speaking out against the ban. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) stated, “This is ridiculous. I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world.”

Dent represents a large Syrian community in the Allentown area and has called on the Trump administration to immediately halt action on the order.

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) agrees with the concerns of national security, but stands against the ban on those who have gone through the immigration process. Flake posted on Medium over the weekend:

“President Trump and his administration are right to be concerned about national security, but it’s unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry. Enhancing long term national security requires that we have a clear-eyed view of radical Islamic terrorism without ascribing radical Islamic terrorist views to all Muslims.”

Other Republican politicians, such as Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, believe that the ban is too far-reaching. “The President is right to focus attention on the obvious fact that borders matter,” he said. “At the same time, while not technically a Muslim ban, this order is too broad.”

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan also believes that the ban overreaches:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called for the Trump administrations to reduce “unnecessary burdens on the vast majority of visa-seekers that present a promise – not a threat – to our nation.”

Trump’s newest executive order bans citizens from 7 predominately Muslim countries from entering the country for at least 90 days. The countries are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. It also bans refugees from anywhere in the world for 120 days and refugees from Syria indefinitely.

The ban has left hundreds, many of them student visa and green card holders, in limbo at airports after trying to return to the United States. A federal judge ruled against President Trump over the weekend stating that people under the ban will not be deported back to their home countries, but as the judge did not allow for them to enter the United States they are currently being held at miscellaneous airports.

In Virginia a judge issued a seven day ban on the government removing green card holders who have been detained at Dulles International.

Protests began over the weekend at airports around the country. Some protests resulted in individuals being pepper-sprayed by police.


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