Illinois lawmakers respond to Supreme Court's decision to uphold travel ban
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a travel ban implemented by President Donald Trump.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, released the following statement following the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday:
I agree with Justice Sotomayor: this decision upholding President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban fails to safeguard the principle of religious neutrality embedded in our Bill of Rights. History will not be kind to this president’s policies or the Supreme Court Justices who lent their names to this troubling ruling.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, released the following statement following the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday:
“This decision on Donald Trump’s ill-conceived and misguided travel ban does not reflect the American ideals that I love and fought to defend. The America that I know is not a nation that slams its doors on children and families fleeing barbarism or terror. We cannot be a nation that rushes to discriminate against religious groups, especially when doing so puts our troops serving overseas at greater risk than they already face.
“The America that I know and am proud to have served in uniform is a nation that welcomes immigrants and refugees and defends the human rights of all people, no matter their religion, ethnicity or nationality. History will harshly judge today’s ruling.”
Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, released the following statement following the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday:
“Decades of court rulings have made it clear that the President can institute reasonable restrictions on travel into our country. The Supreme Court made the right decision today by reaffirming this, rejecting partisan talking points in favor of a sound interpretation of the Constitution.”
Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, released the following statement following the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday:
“These countries are terrorist hotspots, several are state sponsors of terrorism, who lack the government systems to verify who is coming and going from their country. The Obama administration confirmed these same concerns to Congress. Until we can properly vet who is coming from these countries, we must put the security of our nation first. I spoke out about the first executive order because I believe it was poorly written, but this more targeted approach balances the Constitution with security and the Supreme Court’s decision today confirmed as much.”