Reaction to President Donald Trump‘s revised travel ban appeared to fall mainly along partisan lines Monday, with Democrats suggesting the new order still raises legal questions and Republicans saying stepped-up vetting will help national security.
Trump signed the new order Monday weeks after his intial ban was put on hold by a federal judge in Washington state in a ruling that was later upheld by an appeals court. It would bar new visas being issued to travellers from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya for 90 days.
“Following a series of defeats in court for his first un-American Muslim ban, President Trump is attempting to revise his unconstitutional policy,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat said in a statement. “But the American people should not be fooled by the president’s second attempt: His policy still bans immigrants only from Muslim-majority countries, it still cruelly blocks refugees, it is still un-American, and it still will harm American national security interests more than help them.”
The new ban does not apply to those who already have valid visas or people with U.S. green cards. It would suspend the natinon’s refugee program for 120 days, but would allow refugees already cleared by the State Department to enter the country.