I was in a hotel in Paris, France on a business trip to China and I was told by a hostess that I was not welcome.
“You are not welcome,” I was informed by the hostess.
She was right, of course.
This was the Trump travel restriction order, which blocked people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, except for humanitarian reasons, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
I was also told that I could not get a US visa unless I could prove I was currently living in the US and that my family was American citizens.
I didn’t know this and, if I’d known it, I would have been horrified.
This is a very bad precedent, and we need to do something about it.
This should have been an easy decision for anyone with a passport or visa to make, but the American people and their representatives in Congress did not.
Trump’s order has been called a “Muslim ban” and a “sanctuary city” by many.
I agree that the policy is problematic, but we need not go there.
We should focus on ensuring that those who come to the United States to live, work and visit should not be treated as second-class citizens.
But we also should take action to ensure that those individuals are able to come to this country, have a job and stay here.
The administration is correct to say that this travel ban is an overreach of its authority.
But the policy was not the result of a single bad idea.
It was the result, as the Supreme Court rightly stated, of a very careful analysis of the law.
The law was designed to protect Americans and protect our national security.
It is also the law of the land.
I support that law.
I don’t believe we need a second, “Muslim” ban.
We need a new law that makes it clear that any person who is a US citizen, permanent resident, or visa-holder is a protected person.
We also need a law that ensures that the US is not an international sanctuary, that we don’t turn a blind eye to the actions of other countries who are hostile to our country.
The Trump travel restrictions have a lot of flaws, but they are imperfect.
We have to look at them with a broader lens, and that lens should be based on the Constitution.
We must make clear that people from these seven countries are not entitled to the same rights and protections that are afforded to other citizens, including Americans.
I would be very happy to work with Congress on a new version of the travel ban if the House and Senate would allow me to do so.
The President has also claimed that this ban will create chaos.
I will tell you this: The chaos that we are seeing in the Middle East is not happening because of the ban, it is happening because the ban is not enforced, and it is not working.
This has been a very difficult week for the United Kingdom and for the world.
The United Kingdom voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union, and the European Court of Justice recently ruled that the United Nations’ refugee convention, which was designed as a tool to protect refugees fleeing war and persecution, is unconstitutional.
But I do not believe that we can ignore the plight of refugees.
The ban has made our country more vulnerable to terrorism, and I want to work hard to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that refugees are protected by the Constitution, but our government must be vigilant in making sure that refugees do not pose a threat to our national safety.
And as the House heard from the testimony of former President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we must continue to build a world that is safer for all, not just a few.
The time has come to end the Trump administration’s overreach and protect the citizens of the United State.
The Senate should not let this go unanswered.
I urge the Senate to reject the President’s latest travel ban and restore our nation’s promise of religious freedom and respect for religious freedom for all.
I look forward to working with the House to pass the bill, and will keep you informed on our progress as the Senate works to pass a bill to protect the American public.
With that, I’d like to thank Senator John Cornyn, Representative Chris Van Hollen, Representative Adam Schiff, Representative Mike Honda, Senator Dick Durbin, Representative Pete Sessions, Representative Kyrsten Sinema, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Representative Tom Cotton, Representative Steve King, Representative Richard Neal, Representative Jeff Merkley, Representative Bill Shuster, Representative Rob Bishop, Representative Ted Lieu, Representative Alcee Hastings, Representative Jared Polis, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Representative Dan Lipinski, Representative James Lankford, Representative Tim Ryan, Representative Joe Kennedy, Representative Keith Ellison, Representative John Kennedy, Congressman Barbara Lee, Representative Michael