Amendment on Trump’s Muslim ban splits GOP

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Amendment on Trump’s Muslim ban splits GOP.

The Senate Judiciary committee passed a resolution Thursday pushing back on Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. “It is the sense of the Senate that the United States must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion, as such action would be contrary to the fundamental principles on which this Nation was founded,” the amendment reads. The amendment, which was added by the committee to a maritime security bill and passed by a 16-4 vote, was opposed by four Republican senators — Ted Cruz (Texas), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).

The amendment passed with significant GOP support, but not before highlighting internal Republican schisms over Trump’s latest controversial policy prescription. The amendment will place an unprecedented restriction on the president’s ability to control who enters the country, and is offered by Democratic Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who fought against the amendment’s passage, says the measure represents an “unprecedented effort to extend American’s constitutional rights and protections to foreign citizens living in foreign countries.” Sessions said it would “constitute a transformation of our immigration system. In effect, it is a move toward the ratification of the idea that global migration is a ‘human right’, and a civil right… and that these so-called ‘immigrants’ rights’ must be supreme to the rights of sovereign nations to determine who can and cannot enter their borders.” The amendment offered by Sen.

Pleasant, S.C., Dec. 7. (AP/Mic Smith) We cannot labor under the illusion that these are simple binary decisions, it’s not as though every applicant is either clearly tied to terrorists on one hand or absolutely safe on the other. Leahy noted he proposed the language in direct response to Trump’s call earlier this week to ban entry to the U.S. to all foreign Muslims, which has been widely rejected by members of the both parties. “Many on this committee have rightfully expressed their outrage about the call earlier this week to shut our borders to Muslims. How do we screen for that possibility if we cannot even ask on a person’s views on religion and what it means for them as they carry out that religious view in the years to come? But the Immigration and Nationality Act does give the president authority to suspend the entry of any and all aliens deemed “detrimental” to U.S. interests for an indefinite period of time.

John Cornyn of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona and David Perdue of Georgia supported the amendment. The 1952 law also stipulates any immigrant is “inadmissible” who “has been a member of or affiliated with the communist or other totalitarian party (or subdivision or affiliate thereof), domestic or foreign.” Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. While many congressional Republicans have rebuked the businessman’s comments, they’ve also been reluctant to say they won’t support Trump if he wins the party’s presidential nomination. “A nuclear terrorism bill is not the place for political games, which is why after voting against Senator Leahy’s amendment, Senator Cruz voted for the Nuclear Terrorism bill to protect Americans against this grave threat,” he added. She also mocked Trump’s follow-up comments that, “‘I’m the best friend Muslims will ever have’ — well that’s just sheer hypocrisy,” she said. Sessions spoke for more than 10 minutes opposing the language, saying it was overly broad and could hamper immigration authorities’ ability to screen applicants on religious issues.

She acknowledged that “sense of the Senate” resolutions don’t hold any legally binding power, but stressed the importance of the symbolism of the vote. “This is the first time we have the opportunity to say to this candidate this is not what our nation stands for,” she said as she urged her colleagues to support the amendment. Many have denounced his plan, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, yet most Republicans still say they’d back him if he’s the GOP nominee. Sessions explained how Leahy’s proposal would fundamentally redefine the nation’s conception of immigration law— a change, which recent polling data suggest is at odds with the majority of Americans.

According to a recent YouGov poll, 62% of Americans including 66% women, 55% of black Americans and 63% of Hispanics believe the U.S. should not admit Muslim Syrian refugees. The natural extension of this concept would fundamentally undermine entire provisions of immigration law and the results would quickly become radical if this principle were to be adopted. Keep in mind, current refugee law requires us to consider persecution on account of an individual’s religion; this would ask us to discard, or undermine, that longstanding practice. A U.S.-born citizen who subscribes to theocratic Islam has a freedom of speech that allows them to give a sermon denouncing the U.S. constitution or demanding it be changed.

But, under this amendment, a foreign religious leader living overseas could demand a tourist visa to deliver that same sermon and claim religious discrimination if it is not approved. At the time, Feinstein told ABC, “I have some concern about why we want to educate people from countries that sponsor terrorism, that provide money, that aid and abet, that provide support for terrorists.” In today’s mark up, Sen. I listened to the poll numbers that suggest he is growing in popularity since he made this statement… and I find his statements to be disgusting, outrageous, and not American… When he took this extreme position… it really was a call to arms to everyone who believes in this constitution… The offering from the Senator from Vermont to reaffirm the basic American tenet, the basic American value is appropriate and timely.” Durbin also praised Congressional Republicans like Rep. As Breitbart News has previously reported, Trump’s remarks have similarly been condemned by Presidential candidates and Durbin’s Gang of Eight colleagues Lindsey Graham and Sen.

A new Pew report released Monday found that Muslims in America favor the Democratic Party (70%) over the Republican Party (11%) by a more than six-to-one margin. Pew writes, “Nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law.” In the last five years, according to Department Homeland Security data, the U.S. issued 83,000 green cards to Iraq, 83,000 green cards to Pakistan, and 11,000 to Afghanistan. Though it appears that day will not be today, perhaps we should have a conversation soon about how to help the tens of millions of Americans who are only just barely scraping by.

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