On Friday, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that banned entry into the United States by people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, all Muslim-majority countries, according to CNN.
For most countries affected, the ban is only in effect for 90 days. However, Syrian refugees are under an indefinite ban. Additionally, all other refugee entries are on hold for four months.
The order also “calls for a review into suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows travelers from 38 countries — including close allies — to renew travel authorizations without an in-person interview.” Some people have since been detained at the airport and a federal judge granted an emergency stay, which “temporarily allow[ed] people with valid visas who landed in the U.S. to stay in the country.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a press conference Sunday in response to President Trump’s order. In the presser, Schumer became emotional after he spoke about the Muslim immigrants he had on the stage with him:
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 lashed out at Trump, saying:
“This executive order was mean-spirited and unamerican. It was implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion across the country, and it will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who will do us harm.”
According to The Huffington Post, the senator added that he believes the courts would strike down the order as unconstitutional, but in the meantime, he will be working with fellow Democrats and he hopes a number of Republicans, too, in order to create legislation that would overturn it.
His desire to see enough Republicans join his cause may not come to fruition, as reportedly only 15 have publicly shown disagreement with or concern over the order. Vox reports that they include Senators Bob Corker (TN), John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), and Jeff Flake (AZ).