Sen. Tammy Duckworth on travel order: 'It's still a Muslim ban'
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The Democratic Senator from Illinois, Tammy Duckworth, said she believes President Trump's new executive order implementing a suspension of visa approvals from six countries is "still a Muslim ban."
The White House released new guidance Monday related to President Trump's refreshed executive order suspending visa applications from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
"I don’t think it makes America any safer," Sen. Duckworth said.
"If anything, it provides our enemies like ISIS a recruiting tool to go out there and tell the rest of the world that Americans hate Muslims, and that, you know, I think that it makes us less safe."
Trump privately signed the new order Monday while Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally unveiled the new edict. They did not take questions from reporters.
The administration, releasing a Q&A document explaining the process, stated Iraq (not included in the list) is being treated "differently" because negotiations have resulted in an increased "cooperation with the U.S. Government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States.
Duckworth said she's glad Iraq didn't make it, "it never should have been on the list to begin with."
"None of those six countries have actually produced someone who came to this country and committed a terrorist act."
Explaining the reason behind the ban, the administration used an example from 2014 to argue their point.
In Portland, Oregon, a refugee from Somalia was arrested for "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in connection with a plot to set off a bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony."
He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
"What we need to be doing is making sure that we take care of Americans here at home and abroad, protecting our troops who are in harm’s way right now," Duckworth said, noting "Americans traveling abroad have just been made less safe by this ban."