Gutiérrez on Supreme Court Ruling on President’s Muslim Ban
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling today that President Trump’s revised, rewritten and re-revised Muslim Ban is legal. Rep. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
This is a sad day for the rule of law and the country. It has been clear from the beginning that President Trump wants fewer legal immigrants – especially people of color – and to many Americans like me, the racism that is driving this policy is self-evident. The victory of the Administration’s policy to keep out legal immigrants is further proof that elections have consequences and that the Senate Republican strategy of denying a Democratic President appointments to the Supreme Court in order to allow court vacancies to be filled by a Republican President has worked.
The Republican Party has turned a corner and now proudly demands that legal immigrants be denied entry to the United States. Today’s Supreme Court decision puts an exclamation point on Republican opposition to people coming with visas and vetting, through our legal system, who have applied and been approved. The soundbite that Republicans oppose illegal immigration but support legal immigration is a complete and utter lie at this point. What used to be a fringe policy position is now a mainstream GOP position and is out-of-step with the American people. Last week for example, more than 80% of House Republicans voted to cut legal immigration by at least 40% and deny visas to 3 million individuals who have applied and are waiting in line, based on analysis of HR 4760. This puts Republicans seriously out-of-step with the American people, yet Republicans feel they must adopt such indefensible and unpopular positions because of the demands of vocal elements within their base.
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