Senate Democrats introduce bill to rescind Trump’s refugee & Muslim ban

Senate Democrats on Monday introduced a bill to repeal President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of refugees and valid visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen – into the United States.

“President Trump’s Muslim ban is unnecessary. It’s unconstitutional. And it’s un-American. And it should be repealed immediately,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein argued that Trump’s immigration executive order is unconstitutional.

“The order violates the First Amendment by targeting Muslims and favoring Christians. The order may also violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which forbids the government from burdening a person’s exercise of religion,” she said. “The law bars any discrimination based on national origin in the issuance of a visa. And finally, detaining people at airports may violate their Fourth Amendment rights.”

The bill’s 26 co-sponsors were Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The Republican-majority Senate denied the Democrats’ request for an immediate vote on Feinstein’s bill.

Learn More: Bill to repeal Trump’s immigration ban 1.30.17 (PDF)

Transcript: Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s floor speech on Trump’s refugee & Muslim ban – Part 1

Transcript: Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s floor speech on Trump’s refugee & Muslim ban – Part 2