Reactions To Trump's Revised Travel Ban Are Mixed


Reactions to President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries for three months have been mixed.

While Republicans offered limited praise for the revised executive order, Democrats attacked it, Politico reported.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who criticized Trump's original executive order as a "self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism," was convinced by the changes made this time around.

"This executive order will achieve the goal of protecting our homeland and will, in my view, pass legal muster," Graham said in a statement, according to Politico.

The measure was also given a muted welcome by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who stated that the order "appears to be a wiser approach to reviewing how we scrutinize those traveling to the United States from war-torn countries."

However, he pointed out that, in his view, the measure "should last only as long as it takes to complete the review."

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also supported Trump's order.

"I'm very encouraged by the inter-agency approach the administration has taken to develop and implement the revised executive order," said Corker.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer noted, "I think we did a phenomenal job of rolling it out."

"This revised executive order advances our shared goal of protecting the homeland," a statement from Paul Ryan noted. "I commend the administration and Secretary Kelly in particular for their hard work on this measure to improve our vetting standards."

Politico reported that Ryan was one of the few Republican representatives who indicated their support.

Democrats attacked the measure, with some referring to it as a "Muslim ban."

Trump's revised order removed language stating that refugees from religious minorities would be given preference over other residents from the countries affected by the ban. This was seen by critics of the original order as discrimination against Muslims, since they represent the majority in all countries concerned.

"A watered-down ban is still a ban," Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said. "Despite the administration's changes, this dangerous executive order makes us less safe, not more, it is mean-spirited, and un-American."

Democratic Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana was the second Muslim to be elected to Congress.

"Here we go again...Muslim ban 2.0," he tweeted, according to CNN.

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Michigan, the only other Muslim currently serving in Congress, agreed.

"It's a Muslim ban," Ellison told CNN. "It's a revised one. It's a lawyered up one. The man said he wanted a complete and total ban of Muslims. And then it gets struck down ... and then he comes back a few days later with something else. He is trying to restrict access to the United States because of their religion."

Sources. Politico, CNN / Photo credit: United States Congress/Wikimedia Commons

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