The two Muslim members of Congress swiftly rejected President Donald Trump’s new version of the travel ban as still targeting Muslim-majority countries. This is the same issue that stalled the first ban in court.
“Here we go again…Muslim Ban 2.0 #NoBanNoWall,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and the second Muslim elected to Congress.
And Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim elected to Congress a decade ago, tweeted the following: “On Campaign, @realDonaldTrump called for ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.’ Now, says ‘what Muslim Ban?'”
2Reaction of Congressmen and Senators
Unlike the first travel ban, which caught many of Trump’s Republican supporters off-guard and stunned, the new ban won immediate approval of top Republicans.
“This revised executive order advances our shared goal of protecting the homeland. I commend the administration and (Homeland Security Secretary John) Kelly in particular for their hard work on this measure to improve our vetting standards. We will continue to work with President Trump to keep our country safe,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who along with Sen. John McCain, had been an outspoken critic of the original travel ban, congratulated Trump on the new ban, which he said doesn’t discriminate based on religion and instead focuses on immigrants from “compromised governments and failed states.”
“I have always shared President Trump’s desire to protect our homeland,” Graham said in a statement. “This Executive Order will achieve the goal of protecting our homeland and will, in my view, pass legal muster.”