Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees, issued a statement on the Trump administration’s revised travel ban announced March 6.
“I am concerned that the president continues to try to deliver on a campaign promise to create a ‘Muslim ban,’ even though members of both parties have condemned it,” Coons said in the statement. “The travel ban announced today still discriminates against six Muslim-majority countries from which travelers, including refugees, do not pose a significant terrorist threat to the United States, as the Trump administration’s own Department of Homeland Security made clear in a recent memo. There is an especially stringent vetting process for refugees already in place.
“This new travel ban still makes us less safe by giving extremist groups a propaganda and recruiting tool. It still makes us less respected in the world by refusing to help our allies shoulder the burden of the refugee crisis. We should see this executive order for what it is: a decision based in fear, not facts, to discriminate against people on the basis of their nationality and how they pray.”