Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) released the following statements Monday after President Donald Trump signed a new executive order blocking immigration from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending admittance of all refugees:
Leahy: “The latest version of the President’s travel ban – the latest outgrowth of his call for an entry ban on Muslims – is another shameful attempt to fulfill a misguided campaign promise. Like the previous ban, this new ban targets individuals in Muslim-majority countries. Recent reports from the President’s own Department of Homeland Security have revealed just how ineffective and irresponsible this type of blanket travel ban is to preventing terrorism. Refugees are already the most stringently vetted travelers to the United States. Our country’s ideals and commitment to religious freedom should not be sacrificed so the President can attempt to save face.”
Sanders: "Let’s call it what it is. This ban is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up. A president who respected our traditions of religious freedom would not have resorted to hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify a ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). Even the Department of Homeland Security has said that citizenship is not a factor in terrorist threats. This isn’t about keeping America safe. A president responsible for keeping our citizens safe would not hand over ideological ammunition to terrorists seeking new recruits to kill Americans."
March 06, 2017
Source: WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 – Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)