Reed, Whitehouse Blast New Trump Travel Ban

Mar 6, 2017

Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both denounced President Trump’s revised executive order banning immigration and travel from six Muslim majority countries.

Calling the president’s first attempt at a travel ban a ``half-baked mess that did  more bad than good,’’ Reed criticized the new order as more of the same. ``This new attempt to repackage it is still irrational, discriminatory, and counterproductive,’’ Reed said.

``Homeland security assessments show this doesn’t make us safer,’’ said Reed.

In a similar statement, Whitehouse said the new order is ``un-American.’’ The new version, Whitehouse said, ``just like the last empowers terrorists to define America as the bad guy, pitting us against the world Muslim community.’’

Whitehouse  added, ``This makes us less safe, and it betrays who have been as a nation since Roger Williams established religious freedom in Rhode Island nearly 400 years ago.’’