President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from terror-laden countries into the United States has had its detractors, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Schumer addressed reporters in a press conference this morning. His eyes filled with tears as he called Trump’s recent executive order “mean-spirited.”
“This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American,” a choked up Schumer said. “It was implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion across the country.”
On Friday, Trump signed a mandate indefinitely suspending the arrival of Syrian refugees into the United States. Visas are also on hold for nationals of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya for 90 days.
“Taking in immigrants and refugees is not only humanitarian but has also boosted our economy and created jobs decade after decade,” Schumer continued. “This is one of the most backward and nasty executive orders that the president has issued.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer becomes emotional speaking against Pres. Trump’s immigration order, calling it “mean-spirited and un-American.” pic.twitter.com/NkhUdpaNyV
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Schumer said he is hopeful to “reverse” Trump’s newest legislation, believing a bipartisan group would be able to negate the blocking of Muslim visas.
“Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight,” Schumer said. “…as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded, has been stomped upon.”
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