Sen. Durbin: Trump's 'Impulsive' Immigration Order Sends Wrong Message
House Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Chris Wallace he was thankful that a federal judge in New York "tried to stop" President Trump's "impulsive" executive order barring immigration from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York issued a stay on part of the order after massive protests ensued at JFK Airport, where several people were being held by authorities.
"Thank goodness this Brooklyn federal judge has tried to stop executive orders," Durbin said, calling Trump's move "impulsive."
Durbin said Trump failed to thoroughly vet his order with the department of homeland security and lamented that legal permanent residents of the United States are being detained because of the perceptibly broad language of the document.
He said Syrian refugees, for which Trump enacted an indefinite ban, are the most carefully-vetted individuals to arrive on American shores.
"He has established a target of refugees; think of the thousands who come in on visa waivers," Durbin said, adding that "serious questions need to be answered."
"What does it say about us? What does it say about our vigilance?" he asked, adding that the president's plan favors Christians over Muslims trying to immigrate to the United States.
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