Illinois Senators call Trump's Travel Ban Unconstitutional

Mar 7, 2017
Originally published on March 6, 2017 7:32 pm

The top Capitol Hill Democrats from Illinois say they believe President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is unconstitutional and won't survive legal challenges.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the restrictions on travel from six Muslim-majority countries won't improve the security of Americans. Duckworth says the order provides a "propaganda tool" for America's enemies by helping them claim that the United States hates Muslims.

Trump's revised order bars new visas for citizens from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya for 90 days. It also shuts down the U.S. refugee program.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago says Trump's action leads the country away from security, morality, and prosperity.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling President Donald Trump's revised travel ban a betrayal of the country's values.  Emanuel says Trump's order would "slam the door" on refugees fleeing war, divide families and exclude people based on religion.

Emanuel says the order goes against America's founding ideals that make the country a beacon of hope around the world.


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