Who Opposes the Muslim Ban?

Tracking opposition to the immoral, dangerous, and anti-American Muslim Ban. Scores here (and elsewhere on the site) are the standard 1-5 organizing scale. 1 indicates strong opposition to the ban, 5 indicates agreement with it.

Name Tweet Score Next Election Statements
Lisa Murkowsi
R AK
4
All three members of the delegation — Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young — said, to varying degrees, that they agreed with the president's intent: to keep Americans safe and make sure the immigrant vetting process is secure. But they also agreed that the executive order was a poorly managed fiasco.
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Daniel Sullivan
R AK

Doug Jones
D AL

Roy Moore
R AL

Jeff Sessions
R AL

Jeff Flake
R AZ
2
2018 President Trump and his administration are right to be concerned about national security, but its unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry. Enhancing long term national security requires that we have a clear-eyed view of radical Islamic terrorism without ascribing radical Islamic terrorist views to all Muslims.
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John McCain
R AZ
2
Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation. It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trumps executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children. Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.
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Diane Feinstein
D CA
2
5 June 2018 (primary), 6 November 2018 (general) There is no legitimate reason to ban refugees, the vast majority of whom are women and children who have experienced absolute horror. I very much regret that the president has chosen this dark path for our country.
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Cory Gardner
R CO
2
2020 “While I am supportive of strengthening our screening processes and securing our borders, a blanket travel ban goes too far,” Gardner said in a statement. “I also believe that lawful residents of the United States should be permitted to enter the country. I urge the administration to take the appropriate steps to fix this overly broad executive order.”
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Chris Murphy
D CT
2
Read full statement in HuffPo. "...Trumps Muslim ban is a moral abomination. It is fundamentally un-American. And it is dangerous it will give life back to the terrorist movement and eventually get Americans killed."
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Marco Rubio
R FL
We generally support additional vetting for many of those entering our country from nations where the United States has identified there are serious concerns regarding terrorist activities and planning. But given the broad scope and nature of these policy changes, we have some unanswered questions and concerns. We are seeking clarity on the changes to the Visa Waiver program, which is critical to the economies of our respective states.
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David Perdue
R GA

Joni Ernst
IA
With respect to the Presidents Executive Order, there must be more clarity surrounding the orders implementation. In our efforts to protect our nation from ISIS, we also must ensure we are not inadvertently penalizing our allies in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism especially those who have supported U.S. military efforts in Iraq.
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Joe Donnelly
D IN
2
We can make our country even safer and do so in a way that is consistent with our values. The executive order that was signed yesterday by President Trump is not one of those ways.
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Mitch McConnell
R KY
McConnell on ABC on POTUS executive order: "Its going to be decided in the courts as to whether or not this has gone too far."
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Elizabeth Warren
D MA
2
We will not allow a Muslim ban in the United States of America. Here's what I said at Logan Airport tonight. #NoBanNoWall
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Susan Collins
R ME
2
The worldwide refugee ban set forth in the executive order is overly broad and implementing it will be immediately problematic. it could interfere with the immigration of Iraqis who worked for American forces in Iraq as translators and bodyguards people who literally saved the lives of our troops and diplomats during the last decade and whose lives are at risk if they remain in Iraq.
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Amy Klobuchar
D MO
2
It is also incredulous that at the same time the President is asking the Pentagon for new options to defeat ISIL, he is banning Iraqi refugees from entering the country. The government of Iraq is our ally in the fight against ISIL. Its troops fight alongside ours. Its interpreters risk their own lives and the lives of their families to protect U.S. personnel. It undermines our national security and endangers our soldiers to have our Iraqi partners and other Muslim countries distrust our commitment and motives. President Trump said he was totally against the U.S. invasion in 2003, which led to Iraqs destabilization and the rise of ISIL. I guess he is not totally against leaving its people to suffer the consequences.
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Claire McCaskill
D MO
2
Long statement in tweet
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Jon Tester
D MT
2
We can make our country even safer and do so in a way that is consistent with our values. The executive order that was signed yesterday by President Trump is not one of those ways.
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Thom Tillis
R NC
2
As we offer safety to refugees, we must also be mindful of the sad reality that radical Islamic terrorists are actively attempting to infiltrate refugee programs to enter Western nations. The FBI director has warned Congress that the United States lacks the capability to properly vet all Syrian refugees. This is a significant vulnerability, and strengthening the screening of refugees is a matter of national security.While the executive order does take immediate action aimed at tightening the refugee screening process, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the order, particularly given the instances of green card holders inexplicably being denied entry back into the United States. Implementation of the order should be refined to provide more clarity and mitigate unintended consequences that do not make our country any safer.
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Heidi Heitkamp
D ND
2
Excerpt - "We must continue to be the country that opens doors for those seeking opportunity and refuge, just as it did for the generations of family members who came before us. We must never take for granted the opportunities we have by closing those doors to others seeking the same hope for a better future. We must be America"
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Ben Sasse
R NE
2
The President is right to focus attention on the obvious fact that borders matter. At the same time, while not technically a Muslim ban, this order is too broad. There are two ways to lose our generational battle against jihadism by losing touch with reality. The first is to keep pretending that jihadi terrorism has no connection to Islam or to certain countries. Thats been a disaster. And here's the second way to fail: If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion. Both approaches are wrong, and both will make us less safe. Our generational fight against jihadism requires wisdom
www.sasse.senate.gov
Maggie Hassan
D NH
2
President Trumps executive action imposing a religious test on entry into the United States runs counter to the fundamental values that make America the greatest country on earth. It will also make us less safe. We must always be working to strengthen the vetting process for all entryways into the United States, but discriminating against individuals on the basis of their religion will only harm our national security interests.
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Cory Booker
D NJ
2
This Executive Order violates our values and assaults our moral standing as a nation. I will fight this, we must fight this.
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Dean Heller
R NV
2018
Kirsten Gillibrand
D NY
2
Our diversity is what makes us strong. I'll continue to stand with immigrant & refugee families and I'll fight in the Senate to protect them
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Chuck Schumer
D NY
2
(Many tweets) ... We have a long & proud tradition of accepting refugees who seek safety in the US after thorough vetting. That tradition should continue.
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Sherrod Brown
D OH
2
Keeping America safe must be our top priority, and we do that by aggresively going after terrorism wherever it exists, not by turning our backs on children and families just like ours, whose only goal is to escape violence and persecution. We must continue to use every tool at our disposal to make sure our screening system is tough and effective, and I have and will continue to support meaningful efforts to ensure our vetting process works to keep terrorists out. But targeting women, children and families who are fleeing the very same terrorists we are fighting against is wrong, will not make America safer, and may actually undermine our long-term security.
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Jim Inhofe
R OK

James Lankford
R OK

Jeff Merkley
D OR
2
Hundreds at my @TigardOR town hall know Trump's Muslim ban is both an affront to our Constitutional values & dangerously counterproductive.
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Pat Toomey
R PA
4
2022 In a statement issued today, Toomey says he supports “the administration’s decision to increase vetting and temporarily suspend the admission of certain individuals from states that sponsor or provide safe havens to terrorists, or are too weak to prosecute terrorists within their borders.”
www.toomey.senate.gov
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Lindsey Graham
R SC
2
Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation. It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trumps executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children. Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.
www.mccain.senate.gov
John Thune
R SD

John Cornyn
R TX

Mike Lee
R UT

Tim Kaine
D VA
2
I am appalled by the cruelty the Trump Administration has demonstrated over the past 24 hours. By indefinitely suspending the Syrian refugee program and imposing a religious test at our borders, he has defied everything our nation stands for. He's also weakened our national security by empowering ISIL's narrative that the West is at war with Islam and encouraging the listed countries to further cooperate with adversaries like Russia and Iran. For decades, America has acted as the Good Samaritan and extended a welcoming hand to those who yearn to be free. We should continue to thoroughly vet all refugees who enter the United States, but we cannot abandon our core principles. If we turn our backs on widows and orphans fleeing the very evil we despise, we do not defeat our enemies; we surrender to them.
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Mark Warner
D VA
2
.@POTUS executive order doesn't reflect our American values & harms our natl. security interests. (longer statement in tweet)
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Ron Johnson
R WI