By MARY FERGUSONN and JOHN KOLAKIMOSThe Washington Post | October 11, 2018 9:21:19AMTHE DARK ENGLAND is in the grip of another presidential election.
And the stakes are high.
It’s been a tumultuous few months for the Trump administration.
Its first big test came on Tuesday, when President Trump issued an executive order that sought to bar the admission of refugees into the United States.
The order was a major setback for the president’s political foes, including the Democrats.
Now the White House is taking aim at another Trump policy: The reinstatement of a ban on Muslims entering the United State.
The president had threatened to scrap the ban after a terrorist attack in New York City in January.
But the ban has been reinstated after Congress voted to reopen it.
The executive order Trump signed on Tuesday also ordered the government to begin the process of removing all of its visas for foreign nationals.
And it ordered the departments of state, homeland security, and Justice to make all visa and immigration information available to the public.
The ban was enacted by the Obama administration after the 9/11 attacks.
It had been temporarily suspended by a court order in February 2017, but was reinstated after the court reinstated the ban in March.
The new executive order said the ban would be implemented by October 1, 2021, and would take effect 90 days after the President signs it into law.
This is the deadline that Trump has been seeking to reach for several months, and the administration said it would be a very big deal for the country.
The order also sought to halt all immigration from six countries, namely Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya.
It barred people from those countries from entering for 90 days.
But Trump’s allies are pushing for the ban to be lifted as soon as possible.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a fierce critic of Trump, said in a statement Wednesday that Trump’s decision to reinstate the ban was “unprecedented” and that “the president’s order on Muslim immigration should be immediately revoked.”
“This executive order puts our country in danger, and we must not allow this to happen,” Sanders said.
“The American people are demanding that the Trump Administration immediately stop the Muslim immigration ban, and to immediately rescind the temporary suspension of this ban.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) issued a statement saying Trump should immediately rescind this order and “stop this shameful and dangerous immigration ban.”
He added that he was “deeply disappointed that the administration continues to disregard the will of the American people, which is why I will introduce legislation this week to rein in the Muslim ban.”
Durbin said the Trump ban “will do more to undermine our economy and undermine the American values of freedom, equality, and tolerance.”
The Senate has passed legislation that would halt the ban indefinitely.
But some Republican lawmakers have said that a broader ban should be reinstated.
Sen.(R-Ill.), who led the Senate’s bipartisan immigration subcommittee for many years, called the executive order “one of the most irresponsible, overbroad, and unconstitutional actions that has ever been taken by a president.”
Sen.(L-Ariz.), who chairs the subcommittee, called it “the worst possible policy” and said that Trump “has done nothing but undermine the executive branch.”
Sen(R-Utah), who chairs another immigration subcommittee, said the executive action “should be withdrawn immediately.”
He also called on Trump to issue an apology to the people of New York.
“This is the most recent and egregious example of Trump’s blatant disregard for the will and judgment of the people who elected him, who elected the president, and who elected his Cabinet, and he has done so again,” Sen.(R) of Utah said.
He added, “Mr. President, I implore you to stop the policy, and restore the executive orders.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.