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Wyden, Merkley denounce president’s revised travel order


As they did the original order, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., were sharply critical Monday of President Trump’s revised executive order blocking refugees and immigrants from six majority-Muslim nations.

“Today’s order is little more than a warmed-over rehash of the original,” Wyden said. “It remains a barely disguised religious ban that will do absolutely nothing to protect our country.

“If there was any doubt this was about satisfying a far-right wing fantasy, not security, the month-long delay in reissuing the ban is concrete proof.” the senator said.

Merkley said, “Just like the old ban, the new ban makes our country less safe. Giving ISIS propaganda while ‘solving’ a problem that the Department of Homeland Security itself says doesn’t exist is, to put it diplomatically, unwise.”

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