Vermont’s Senior Senator Reacts to Federal Appeals Court Decision

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While democrats are declaring a victory after a federal appeals court ruled not to reinstate a ban on travelers from seven Middle Eastern nations, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is quick to remind that two of the largest terror attacks on American soil were not directly connected to the seven countries listed.

“Well he’s (President Trump) going to appeal it and put the country in danger,” said Leahy. “We have very strong restrictions on these countries. Keep in mind that two of our biggest terrorist attacks in the United States, one was Oklahoma City. That was an American citizen who had served in the U.S. military. The other was 9-11 and those attackers came from Saudi Arabia. They’re not on any special ban.”

The following is a statement released by Senator Leahy:

“With its unanimous ruling, the Ninth Circuit has now joined numerous other courts around the country in ruling that President Trump’s discriminatory immigration order is likely unconstitutional. It imposes a religious litmus test designed to keep Muslims out of the United States. If the President were serious about bringing our country together and keeping us safe, he would rescind this arbitrary and discriminatory order and recall what makes our country great.


Congress should now fulfill its own constitutional duty to check this President, who has shown an affinity for despots and hostility toward the rule of law. The law and the Constitution protect us all – no one is above the law and that includes the President.”
 

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