Nevada lawmakers respond to Supreme Court's decision to uphold travel ban


    The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority.

    Nevada lawmakers are responding to the Supreme Court's decision:

    Republican Senator Dean Heller

    Sen. Heller believes that the Supreme Court got this right. The policy reviewed was significantly narrowed in scope compared to the initial version of the travel ban, and the court’s ruling affirmed its legality based on legitimate national security interests.

    Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

    This decision flies in the face of our nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. President Trump’s Muslim Ban is in direct opposition to American principles and sends yet another prejudiced message to Muslim-Americans, refugees and immigrants. His ban serves only to incite recruiting for ISIS and undermines efforts to protect our country. This is not who we are as Americans.

    Democratic Representative Ruben Kihuen

    Today the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s racist and discriminatory Muslim Ban which further erodes our leadership position in the world and is just another example of the Trump Administration tearing families apart. The United States is made stronger every day through our diversity. The country I know is willing to give an opportunity to anyone who is willing to come here, work hard and sacrifice to achieve the American Dream. Unfortunately this decision will join the hall of shame along with other disgraceful cases before the Supreme Court. I will continue fighting to prevent immigrant communities from coming under attack.

    Democratic Representative Dina Titus

    Today’s decision upholds a misguided xenophobic ban that does nothing to make us safer. Banning the people of an entire religion from immigrating to the U.S. is a betrayal of our nation’s founding principles of religious freedom and tolerance. Not only does the executive order keep out the most vulnerable, it has deterred international visitors and impacted the tourism industry in Las Vegas. I was proud to join my colleagues in filing a bicameral amicus brief to the Supreme Court in March to demonstrate my strong opposition to this harmful executive order. I will continue to fight the Administration’s actions and work to end this ban.

    Democratic Representative Jacky Rosen

    "Denying individuals entry to the U.S. based solely on religion or nationality is wrong and out of touch with our American values. This travel ban won’t help keep us safe, and I will continue to stand up against this Administration’s ignorant and xenophobic policies."

    News 4 has reached out to Congressman Amodei's office for a statement.

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