Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Senator Schumer calls Trump's immigration ban "mean-spirited and un-American"

Senator Schumer calls Trump's immigration ban

He announced early Monday afternoon that he's planning to vote against five of Trump's most controversial cabinet nominees, while warning in dire terms about Trump's recent actions. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said in a press conference Sunday.

Schumer choked up during a Sunday press conference in New York City where he described the executive order as "mean-spirited and un-American" as tears ran down his cheeks.

Cleveland Hopkins, which does not have any direct flights to the countries included in Trump's executive order, was the site of a 450-person protest Sunday.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017The president on Friday signed an executive order that bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the country's refugee resettlement program for four months.

During the television appearance, Murphy seemed to concede they don't have a prayer of making the bill into law, but believed they might have enough Republican Senators who will consider joining the legislation that it would at least make things even more uncomfortable for the Trump administration moving forward. The judge's ruling only stopped the government from deporting the individuals back to their countries.

McConnell stopped short of declaring his opposition to the order.

On Friday Mr Trump put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Trump's executive order, signed late Friday, temporarily halts the US refugee resettlement program for 120 days until the Trump administration can create an effective vetting process.

Repeating what press secretary Sean Spicer said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Trump later tweeted that his administration made a decision to have him sign the order without publicly describing its contents - and, by all accounts, not explaining to federal officers how to implement it - to avoid tipping off violent extremists.

Democrats have a narrow path to victory, however, given that they are outnumbered by Republicans in both Senate and the House of Representatives. However, Chuck Schumer's "tears" have taken center stage.

Schumer's reaction is just a small part of the backlash from Donald Trump's immigrant ban this weekend. There are also continuous protests planned across the nation, with one in Washington D.C. Monday night outside the Supreme Court.

"We will not stand for this!" said Harris, who is mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2020. She has a permanent visa and had been coming to the live with her son.

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