February 6, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on Judge Robart’s Decision

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today released the following statement on U.S. District Judge James Robart’s decision on President Donald Trump’s executive order:

“Judge Robart’s decision underscores how rash and destructive President Trump’s executive order has been.  The Court found no support for the President’s claim that banning refugees and legal immigrants from certain Muslim countries makes Americans safer.  Indeed it has not.  If anything, this half-baked effort has given the likes of ISIS its opening line in its sales pitch to recruits, undermining the image of America as a welcoming and pluralistic country and reinforcing ISIS’s narrative of the western world’s war on Islam.  And contrary to the President’s musings on Twitter, the Bush appointee who issued this order is very much a judge.  President Trump may not like it, but our courts’ authority is real and he should learn to respect it.”


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