January 30, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Legislation to Rescind President Trump’s Discriminatory Executive Order on Immigration

Cortez Masto also rallied today with Senate Democrats outside the Supreme Court to protest Trump’s executive order

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that she is co-sponsoring legislation to rescind President Trump’s discriminatory executive order barring immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Senator Cortez Masto also joined Senate colleagues tonight for a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington to call for a reversal of the President’s executive order.

“President Trump’s executive order enacts the divisive and unconstitutional Muslim ban that he championed on the campaign trail, and we need to rescind it immediately,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Imposing a religious test like this on who can travel to the United States is immoral, alienates our allies in the Middle East and ultimately jeopardizes our national security. This reckless and overly broad executive order was hastily put together without consulting Congress or key federal agencies, and it has already caused chaos and distress for families across the country. We cannot stand idle while President Trump unilaterally creates policy based on xenophobia. Enough is enough.”

On Monday evening, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) requested that the Senate immediately vote on the bill. The request was denied by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Under Senate rules, if any senator objects, the bill cannot move forward.