New ban still unconstitutional say Durbin, Duckworth

CHICAGO — The top Capitol Hill Democrats from Illinois say they believe President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is unconstitutional and won’t survive legal challenges.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth said Monday that the restrictions on travel from six Muslim-majority countries won’t improve the security of Americans. Duckworth says the order provides a “propaganda tool” for America’s enemies by helping them claim that the United States hates Muslims.

Trump’s revised order issued Monday bars new visas for citizens from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya for 90 days. It also shuts down the U.S. refugee program.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago says Trump’s action leads the country “away from security, morality, and prosperity.”

“Today’s iteration is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing – different packaging intended to achieve the same result,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.

“It is a betrayal of our nation’s values that our government would slam the door on refugees fleeing war, death and unimaginable conditions, that our government would divide families, and that out government would attempt to exclude people based on their religion.”

–Associated Press & Staff reports

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