Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas said President Donald Trump could face impeachment for allegedly instructing Customs and Border Patrol officials to ignore court rulings by adhering to a four-month immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.
"If Pres. Trump ordered CBP to ignore a judicial order he should be censured as a warning. If he does it again Congress should remove him," Castro wrote on Twitter. "I have tremendous respect for the presidency but our Republic cannot tolerate a President who ignores direct judicial orders.#checksbalances."
But CBP spokesperson Gillian Christensen denied the agency was instructed to ignore the courts' rulings and that agents are not adhering to the executive order signed by Trump.
"CBP officers are not detaining anyone," Christensen said, according to BuzzFeed. "Green card holders who arrive in the U.S. have to go through secondary screening but that process is working smoothly and relatively quickly."
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She added: "Furthermore, visa holders who would be affected by the executive order are being denied boarding at their point of departure so they are not even making it into the U.S."
Even if Trump had committed a crime, impeaching him would be nearly impossible for the Democrats to achieve. To impeach a sitting president, the Senate needs to vote in favor of it by a two-thirds majority, according to the Independent.
But Democrats are the minority party in both houses and it's unlikely they would be able to convince enough Republicans to vote against Trump.
Trump's immigration ban has received a stream of criticism, some of it from members of his own party.
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"President Trump and his administration are right to be concerned about national security, but it’s unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry," Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said in a post on Medium. "Enhancing long term national security requires that we have a clear-eyed view of radical Islamic terrorism without ascribing radical Islamic terrorist views to all Muslims."
But a poll taken at the end of January shows voters tend to agree with Trump on this matter.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 49 percent of respondents "agree" with the travel ban, while 41 percent "disagree."
And 31 percent said the ban will make them "more safe," while 26 percent said they'll be "less safe." Another 33 percent said it probably wouldn't make a difference.