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Sen. Coons: Travel Ban 'Illegal, Unconstitutional, Un-American'

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By    |   Monday, 30 Jan 2017 11:51 AM

Sen. Chris Coons lambasted the Trump administration's executive order banning those from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country, telling CNN's "New Day" that he views it as "illegal, unconstitutional and un-American."

He added that in addition, "I don't think this ban will make us any safer. I frankly think it will be a propaganda bonanza for ISIS."

The Democratic senator slammed the preparation of the policy, which also includes a temporary halt to a federal program admitting refugees, saying "The [Donald] Trump administration didn't consult with leaders in their own administration, with the agency required to enforce it and certainly not with their Republican allies in Congress."

He also said the policy is counterproductive, because "It has outraged a number of our close allies on whom we are relying to be our partners in the war on terror and has sent the wrong message to allies around the world about what we stand for as a country."

A glaring example of this, he pointed out, was that "Some of the first people caught up in the misguided ban … were Iraqi translators who risked their lives for American troops in the war in Iraq, and I think the symbol that sends is a strong one and I look forward to joining others that will be protesting this ban and challenging it with statutory actions and legal actions."

Coons said the Democrats must have Republicans join them "to be able to either stop the funding for the implementation of the ban or to be able to pass legislation repealing the ban."

But even if that effort does not succeed, the senator said it was vital to express the thousands of voices in the public who disagree with this policy. Coons recalled that "the congregation I grew up in helped send to me an important signal about what it means to be a community of faith by welcoming a refugee family from South Vietnam when I was a young man. That very congregation was set to welcome a Syrian refugee family this Thursday."

The senator discounted President Trump's contention that the executive order is not a Muslim ban, emphasizing that it "is targeting only majority Muslim countries and has a specific carve out for religious minorities. I don't think it's good policy when we start picking specific religions and specific nationalities for us to welcome or admit. That harkens back to the dark days of our immigration policy as a country eight decades ago when we blocked Jewish refugees from coming here during the Holocaust."

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Sen. Chris Coons lambasted the Trump administration's executive order banning those from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country, telling CNN's "New Day" that he views it as "illegal, unconstitutional and un-American."
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