Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Monday that he will introduce legislation to block President Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries.
“Our enemies’ dream is to paint a picture of global war between Islam and the West, and today’s travel ban plays right into their hands. I will immediately revise and re-introduce my bill to block its implementation,” Murphy said in a statement.
Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation earlier this year that would undermine the original executive order, which targeted Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. The bill would withhold funding to keep the administration from enforcing the order.
The executive order rolled out on Monday removed Iraq from the list of countries impacted by the travel ban. It also halts all refugee admissions to the U.S. for four months, removing an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.
It also more clearly defines who is exempt from the ban and strikes language giving preference to Christian refugees once resettlement restarts.
Democrats have panned the revised order, predicting that it will run into similar legal challenges as the original guidelines. Murphy argued that despite the changes Trump “is handing [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] recruitment gold” and risking American lives.
“ISIS is losing on the battlefield, but President Trump just handed a big victory to our adversaries in the long-term fight against violent extremism,” he said.
Democrats face an uphill battle to block Trump’s executive order through legislation. They need 60 votes to clear the Senate, which would require the support of at least a dozen GOP senators.
Republicans who were skeptical of Trump’s initial order — including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — have come out in support of the revised guidelines.
By: Jordain Carney