Should we stop the President from being able to ban certain groups from the US?

• "President Trump’s security and travel proclamations have immeasurably improved our national security, substantially raised the global standard for information-sharing, and dramatically strengthened the integrity of the United States’ immigration system… The orders have been a tremendous and vital success.” Source: Stephanie Grishan (White House Press Secretary)
• “Just like the previous one, today’s proclamation is narrowly tailored to address legitimate security concerns identified by administration officials who know far more than we do... There is no religious or racial bias, contrary to arguments by those who simply oppose anything President Trump does on immigration.” Source: RJ Hauman (Government Relations Director, The Federation for American Immigration Reform)
• “These countries [added to the ban list], for the most part, want to be helpful, but for a variety of different reasons simply failed to meet those minimum [security] requirements that we laid out." Source: Chad Wolf (Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security)
• “Three years after the start of the first Muslim Ban, we see and hear the impact every day in the stories of loved ones and families unable to see each other simply because of their religion… Now, doubling down on a failed policy, Donald Trump is exposing the truth about his war on immigrants by deliberately separating even more families. By specifically targeting permanent visas, which are used by families, and not impacting short-term visitor visas, this ban shows it was never about security, and always about keeping Muslims and people of color from having the same chance at the American Dream that everyone else has. If it were true that the ban was because of an inability to vet applicants, as the Administration claimed, then they would not have allowed short-term visas either. But this ban is looking to do what the first ban is already doing: keep families apart. And of course, we know that America has the ability to safely vet visa applicants because we have been doing so for years. That is why we need to pass the NO BAN Act immediately.” Source: Rep. Judy Chu (Democrat, California, District 27)
• “President Trump’s decision to expand his discriminatory Muslim ban not only abandons U.S. values and tears families apart, it is a grave foreign policy mistake. Targeting people from countries where pluralism is just taking root makes it more difficult to promote democratic values, encourage economic development, and attract talented people from all over the world… We must pass the NO BAN Act to end this senseless policy and ensure our foreign policy and immigration policies are built on our values, not on fear.” Source: Sen. Chris Coons (Democrat, Delaware)
• “The ban should be ended, not expanded. President Trump is doubling down on his signature anti-Muslim policy — and using the ban as a way to put even more of his prejudices into practice by excluding more communities of color,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Families, universities, and businesses in the United States are paying an ever-higher price for President Trump’s ignorance and racism.” Source: Omar Jadwat (Director, ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project)
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