GOP Senators and Congressmen Speak Out Against President Trump’s Immigration Order

Unlike the Democrat Party under the Obama boot, the GOP seems to have no problem voicing their concerns with President Trump’s recent Executive Order on migration from the Muslim world.

It seems that there are quite a few Republicans in Congress who agree with President Trump’s intent, but disagree with his execution.

 

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) may be the most eloquent of the dissenters, praising Trump’s desire to protect our nation while criticizing his method of doing so.

“The President is right to focus attention on the obvious fact that borders matter. At the same time, while not technically a Muslim ban, this order is too broad. There are two ways to lose our generational battle against jihadism by losing touch with reality. The first is to keep pretending that jihadi terrorism has no connection to Islam or to certain countries. That’s been a disaster. And here’s the second way to fail: If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion. Both approaches are wrong, and both will make us less safe. Our generational fight against jihadism requires wisdom.”

 

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a joint statement criticizing the order.

“Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation. 

“It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. 

“Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.

“Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”

 

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) worries about the effect that the order could have on our allies in the affected nations.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins said in a prepared statement that while improvements could be made to the nation’s refugee screening process, the worldwide ban ordered by Trump “is overly broad and implementing it will be immediately problematic.”

Collins said the ban “could interfere with the immigration of Iraqis who worked for American forces in Iraq as translators and bodyguards – people who literally saved the lives of our troops and diplomats during the last decade and whose lives are at risk if they remain in Iraq.”

Maine’s senior senator added that while it is “appropriate” to consider religious persecution when reviewing a request for refugee status, “a preference should not be given to people who practice a particular religion, nor should a greater burden be imposed on people who practice a particular religion. As I stated last summer, religious tests serve no useful purpose in the immigration process and run contrary to our American values.”

“The United States remains the largest contributor of humanitarian aid to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis,” Collins added, “and we should continue to aid those who are assisting refugees in neighboring countries like Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.”

 

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) pointed out that the order was likely “too broad”, something that the Trump administration has since rectified.

“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.”

 

Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) delivered what was likely the most stinging criticisms by pointing out that President Trump has done exactly what President Obama had done… bypassed our Constitutional system and taken the law into his own hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ouch.

A handful of other Republican Senators and Congressman have also spoken out against the President’s order, but far more members of the GOP have fallen in line (or at the least stayed quiet about it). The one thing we know, this controversy won’t be over anytime soon.

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