Republicans who oppose Trump’s immigration ban Even while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) have shown support for President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya-- for at least 90 days. Refugees from Syria are banned indefinitely.
On January 27, Ryan said "President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country," according to the Washington Post.
Protests have broken out in several cities. At Boston’s Logan Airport, for example, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a crowd today that Trump’s actions are “unconstitutional,” having joined with other Democrats and progressives in criticizing the ban. While critics of Trump’s executive action have claimed that the action is “anti-Muslim,” the nationals of Indonesia -- the largest Muslim country in the world -- are not found on the list.
Here is a list of Republicans who are also opposed to the ban:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) A frequent critic of Trump, Flake posted on the Medium website, "It’s unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry.” Flake said he wants to see a “clear-eyed view of radical Islamic terrorism without ascribing radical Islamic terrorist views to all Muslims."
The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong - they are sadly weak on immigration. The two...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
...Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) wrote on Twitter, "President Trump's executive order overreaches and undermines our constitutional system." He also tweeted, "It’s not lawful to ban immigrants on basis of nationality. If the president wants to change immigration law, he must work with Congress."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) released a statement saying, "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."
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released a statement saying that Trump’s ban “went beyond the increased vetting actions that Congress has supported on a bipartisan basis and inexplicably applied to green card holders, people who are legally within our country who have followed the rules.”