Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) became extremely emotional while addressing the crowd at a protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Tears rolled down his cheeks as he condemned the business mogul’s executive orders barring travelers from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States (read: Trump’s America), suspending refugee admissions.
The order puts a 90-day ban on travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States and an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria.
The senior Democratic leader said his party would introduce legislation to overturn the policy.
"This executive order was mean spirited, un-American. It was implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion across the country and it will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who will do us harm," he said. "Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon.”
"Taking in immigrants and refugees is not only humanitarian but has also boosted our economy and created jobs decade after decade," Schumer continued. "This is one of the most backward and nasty executive orders that the president has issued."
Standing with people affected by the ban, the New York lawmaker vowed to fight the executive orders.
“Mr. President, I’m here to tell you that I will fight this,” he exclaimed.
He was also tweeted about the sad state of affairs.
There are tears running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight. pic.twitter.com/X6q40dMCsN— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 27, 2017
Earlier, protests broke out across several cities and airports against the former reality TV star’s anti-immigration orders.
The uproar is not just limited to the U.S. boundaries. The dehumanizing ban has the entire world speaking against the new commander-in-chief.
Soon after the Muslim ban, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quickly welcomed the people fleeing war and persecution, stating that Canada’s strength is its diversity.
Banner/Spotlight Credits: Reuters