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." 

Two other perennial critics of Trump, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), released a joint statement condemning Trump’s actions. "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 serves as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in a 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," they continue, "we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."

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."

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) said, according to the Washington Post,  "This is ridiculous.  I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world." Dent alleged that the ban would endanger the lives of families seeking admission to the US and called on Trump to halt the ban “until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be reinstated."
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said that the ban is “too broad,” according to the Washington Post. He expressed concern that the ban will “send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis…” 

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.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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