President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday blocking the entry of refugees for 120 days and blocked entry for citizens of Yemen, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and Libya for 90 days. He has received criticism from both sides of the isle, including Republican congressman Justin Amash.
Amash said in a series of tweets, “ Like Pres. Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Pres. Trump’s executive order overreaches and undermines our constitutional system. It’s not lawful to ban immigrants on basis of nationality. If the president wants to change immigration law, he must work with Congress. The president’s denial of entry to lawful permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) is particularly troubling. Green card holders live in the United States as our neighbors and serve in our Armed Forces. They deserve better. We must do more to properly vet refugees, but a blanket ban represents an extreme approach not consistent with our nation’s values. While EO allows admittance of immigrants, nonimmigrants, and refugees ‘on a case by case basis,’ arbitrariness would violate Rule of Law.”
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