Lawmakers weigh in on travel ban, expert talks legality

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- "I don’t think this is a religious test and I wouldn’t be in favor of a religious test that isn’t what this country is about," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said.

Senators like West Viriginia Senator Shelly Moore Capito is standing behind President Trump’s call to ban people from seven different countries from coming to the US.

"I see it about a safety of our country, pinpointing seven countries that we as congress have pinpointed before as being reflagged," Capito said.

But for Michigan Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), who’s state contains the largest Muslim American community, the order hits home.

"Folks there who are concerned they’re fearful," Peters said.

Peters joined other democrats in writing a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly looking for answers to the rollout.

"People don’t even know how to interpret an awful lot of this executive order which has caused really incredible hardships for folks," he added.

As some democrats search for answers. Others say the ban could be cause for legal concern.

"It opens up Trump administration to charges of conflict of interest because none of the places he does business with are affected by this ban," Philip Schrag, Professor at Georgetown Law said.

Philip Schrag Professor at Georgetown University said another legality is the people it alienates in the order.

"President Trump said that when refugee admissions are resumed Christians should be favored over Muslims so clearly this has a relig ious motivation," Schrag added.

While Professor Schrag says because the order is being phrased as a security measure it could keep it from being challenged in court. For now ban remains in effect for 120 days.



 
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