On Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the refugee resettlement program and preventing immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. On Monday, Senate Democrats took action and introduced a bill to block the order.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) announced on Sunday that he would be introducing a bill to stop Trump. He told his followers:
‘The law is clear. The #MuslimBan is illegal. I will introduce a bill this week to immediately overturn this dangerous, hateful order.’
The law is clear. The #MuslimBan is illegal. I will introduce a bill this week to immediately overturn this dangerous, hateful order.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 29, 2017
On Monday morning, Murphy made good on his promise. A press release published on the Senator’s website explains how the bill would work.
‘Specifically, the bill would withhold any funding to enforce the executive order and declares it illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which banned discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin. Furthermore, Murphy argues that immigration based on religion violates the U.S. Constitution and fuels ISIS recruitment propaganda, putting our nation at risk.’
The bill’s original cosponsors include U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland).
Murphy also spoke with MSNBC on Monday morning about his opposition to Trump’s order. He explained:
‘This, ultimately, is going to get Americans killed. I believe it.’
He went on to echo the concerns of people like Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who have said that the new policy may actually help terror groups like ISIS.
‘We have now handed them a path to rebirth…this is a huge win for hardliners.’
Murphy also insisted that the U.S. has an obligation to help those who are trying to escape ISIS.
‘We are not a partner in fighting ISIS if we are not a partner in trying to deal with the flow of displaced peoples outside of those countries.’
With a Republican-controlled House and Senate, it will be difficult for Murphy to get his bill passed. However, opposition to Trump’s order has arisen on both sides of the aisle. McCain and Graham released a joint statement on Sunday criticizing the content and execution of the policy, and Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) called it “poorly implemented.”
Murphy said in an interview with Vox that he hopes he can convince more Republicans to join him. He explained:
‘I am going to do my best to shame Republicans into joining us to oppose this measure.’
Murphy added that he thinks the majority of Republicans don’t want to make waves but are with him in opposing Trump’s actions.
‘Republicans are, by and large, very good people who care about the future of their country. In their hearts, they disagree with the things that Trump is doing. It’s understandable that during the first seven days of [Trump’s] administration, they don’t want to make big, ugly breaks with him.’
Watch Murphy’s interview with MSNBC below, via YouTube.
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