President Donald Trump prompted global outrage after signing executive orders to restrict immigrants coming to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries.
People from all walks of life, including prominent political figures from across the country, took to streets and airports to denounce the president’s infernal immigration ban on Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iran and Iraq.
The most emotional condemnation came from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who broke down in tears as he vowed to fight Trump’s immigration ban.
He made the moving statement while talking to two refugee families from Iraq and Syria who emigrated to the U.S. in the last six weeks — who would’ve been deported if they had arrived this past weekend.
As other Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker also voiced their opposition to the ban, two Republican lawmakers also joined in.
A majority of Republican lawmakers have either stayed mum or quietly endorsed the president’s controversial order. But Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were not among them as they released a joint statement, condemning the ban.
“Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred," the senators stated. "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."
Even the conservative billionaire Koch brothers called out Trump’s plans.
However, Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — both of whom previously lambasted Trump’s Muslim ban proposal — have quietly endorsed his executive order.
"The president has a lot of latitude to try to secure the country and I'm not going to make a blanket criticism of this effort," McConnell recently told ABC's "This Week."
“It's a good idea to tighten the vetting process,” McConnell said on ABC's "This Week." “I don't want to criticize them for improving vetting.”
(FYI: This is coming from the same man who, just in December 2015, said Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigrants was “inconsistent with American values.”)
Similarly Ryan, who, last June, called Trump's immigration policies "not reflective of our principles,” changed his tune this month.
"President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country," the House speaker said.
So, what happened to Ryan’s principles now? Is Trump’s immigration ban suddenly reflective of American principles?
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