Controversy over travel ban continues on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Controversy continues to swirl over the Trump administration’s travel ban. The order denies travel visas to people from six mostly-Muslim countries. The Supreme Court recently allowed the ban to go into effect before it hears challenges later this year.

Rep. Kildee (D-MI) says the Trump administration is simply trying to prove a point.

“This travel ban was obviously intended to fulfill a campaign promise,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI).

Kildee isn't buying into the Trump administration’s travel ban. The White House says it enacted the restrictions to allow time to fine-tune the immigration vetting process, but Kildee says it has made the U.S. less safe.

“It’s used by ISIS and others as a recruiting tool to say, ‘Look, the United States is not welcoming to people of the Muslim faith,’” said Kildee.

The Supreme Court recently allowed the ban to stay in place, though it did soften some of the restrictions against people from the six majority-Muslim countries. The Court ruled that if travelers have close family ties in the U.S., they can enter. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) supports upholding the ban.

“To sort of pretend somehow that, for the sake of political correctness that there aren’t specific places that most of our terrorists are coming from is just to ignore the facts,” said Cramer.

The White House is praising the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the ban to take effect. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, says the administration is simply upholding the law of the land.

“There is one government official who has outright authority to decide who comes into America and that person is the president. Right now, that is Donald Trump,” said Gorka.

He says the ban is necessary because terrorist groups like ISIS use refugee waves to penetrate into western society and carry out attacks.

“We are not going to let that happen to Americans in America,” said Gorka.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear challenges to the ban in October.