Democrat Diane Feinstein of California is set to file a bill create immediate relief of the Trump Administration’s immigration and travel ban that effect seven Muslim Counties and Democrats hope to delay further confirmation votes while they gather more information on the nominees.
The measure to kill Trump’s executive order is almost certain to be shot down by Republicans, who are likely to refuse to hear the matter, even though a growing number in their party have voiced concerns.
Those Republicans who have voiced concerns and disapproval of the ban are: Lindsey Graham (SC), Ben Sasse (Neb), John McCain (Az), Susan Collins (Maine), Jerry Moran (Kan), Cory Gardner (Colo), Jeff Flake (Az) and Dean Heller of Nevada. Those eight Republicans would have to go against their own party, along with four more Republicans and all Democrats in order to reach the 60 votes needed to push the bill forward. It would be a tall order, but not impossible considering the country’s sentiment on the issue.
Steven Miller, a Trump Administration policy advisor said the order is “Efficient, orderly,” and “enormously successful,” according to a Washington Post report.
Asked about growing public concern with the policy change, Miller said: “Anytime you do anything hugely successful that challenges a failed orthodoxy you’re going to see protests.”
Feinstein said the President should not have the power to take such a big step on his own, one that could have great severe consequences. Trump’s action has already sent shock waves through the global community. In Great Britain a petition is showing huge support to ban the American President from their country. Iran has now set a limit on Americans visiting their country. Other countries may place restrictions on US travelers in the future.
“It’s one thing to screen people before they come to this country. We already do that. It’s quite another to say that individuals who are from a particular country, belong to a particular faith, or are refugees fleeing conflict are banned from the United States,” Feinstein said.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he will seek to hold up the confirmation of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state so the Senate can hear his thoughts of the temporary immigration ban before voting.
Connecticut’s Chris Murphy said Democrats should take all the time they can for the vetting of Trump’s remaining cabinet nominees. Murphy called Trump’s first week in office a disaster to America’s foreign policy.
Schumer plans to vote against Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala) and Betsy DeVos. Other Democrats have signaled they will fight those nominees as well.
In the meantime, the Trump Administration announced they would follow the court’s decisions to temporarily lift the travel bans that were to affect the seven Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Sudan. At the same time, he blamed the protesters, airports and Chuck Schumer for all the descent over his order.