Wisconsin lawmakers split on Pres. Trump’s immigration ban; Muslim, Jewish groups push back

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump on Monday, January 30th denied that "big problems" at airports over the weekend were created by his executive order on immigration, which stops immigration into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and indefinitely bans refugees from Syria.

Wisconsin's congressional delegation splintered over the order, mostly along party lines. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee has not said whether he supports the ban.

"The Senator is traveling today," said Ben Voelkel, a Johnson spokesman, without explaining why Johnson hadn't made his position public in the 72 hours since Mr. Trump issued his executive order.

Senator Ron Johnson

Senator Ron Johnson

Republican U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy and Glenn Grothman support the ban, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, who represents the Green Bay area, broke somewhat with his party by saying the executive order could've been "handled better." Gallagher promised to review the immigration ban further.

Wisconsin lawmakers who support Pres. Trump's executive order on immigration

Wisconsin lawmakers who support Pres. Trump's executive order on immigration

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan and Ron Kind oppose the order. The four are all Democrats.

Wisconsin lawmakers who oppose Pres. Trump's executive order on immigration

Wisconsin lawmakers who oppose Pres. Trump's executive order on immigration

Multiple organizations pushed back against Mr. Trump in Milwaukee on Monday, including two Syrian refugees who only recently had settled in Milwaukee.

"They said they`ve only been here 10 days, and it`s the first time in many, many years that they can sleep in peace and feel that they`re not going to be bombarded," said Janan Najeeb of the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, translating for reporters after Smaher and Maruf Aldaye spoke in their native languages.

Muslim Women's Coalition

The Aldayes are cousins.

"Please don’t turn your backs on the refugees, you are the hope they have right now," said Maruf Aldaye, as translated by Najeeb.

Also Monday, the Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council denounced the president's executive order.

Elana Kahn, the council's director, said there was consensus in the Jewish community that the immigration and refugee ban should be lifted.

Elana Kahn

Elana Kahn

"It`s totally unacceptable. It`s totally a betrayal of the values of this country, and it`s beneath us," Kahn said. "It’s worth saying that we do need to balance national security with our immigration process and our refugee resettlement process. The way that was done is completely unacceptable."

At the White House, President Trump's aides said the ban is legal, and needed.

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer

"This focus on securing our borders and our homeland was obviously something that the President campaigned on and now he`s doing exactly what he told the American people he would do," said Sean Spicer, White House press secretary.

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker appears to be standing with President Trump, breaking his own two-day silence on the executive order.

In a statement, Walker said a refugee resettlement program is compassionate and one he supports, but he said the safety of US citizens should come first.

"This is a safety issue," Walker said.

Gov. Walker statement on President Trump's executive order on immigration

Gov. Walker statement on President Trump's executive order on immigration

President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump

President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the executive order Monday. A spokesman said the former president was "heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country," adding that "citizens exercising their constitutional rights to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake."


  • Trump2016

    Once again, Scott Walker is a follower and not a leader. Maybe he should take a page out of President Trump’s book and ban junkies instead of turning this state into a drug sanctuary, free from prosecution while they receive millions in drug entitlements


      You’re a freaking moron. First of all where does this article even mention drugs? Are you ON drugs or something? I’d have to guess you are. Would you rather Wisconsin be run by the same type of liberal nutbags that run the “hot mess” known as Illinois? A state that happens to be BROKE and full of dishonest liberals who let the city become a haven for Crime (Have you even SEEN the statistics down there?). Maybe you should check your facts before talking out of your arse.

      • Trump2016

        A junkie calling others “drug users”? Hilarious. From your reply, I’d have to guess you would rather have the hot mess come up here than a governor who doesn’t cater to the special needs of criminals

  • deleted again

    If you are an American you have nothing to worry about. If you are a Muslim or Jewish American I don’t see a problem unless you are a criminal or associate with criminals and terrorists. There may be some glitches along the way and the media will plaster anything all over the place but in time things will settle down.

    • guest72

      You do realize that native-born Americans can be Muslim or Jewish, right? That those are religions, not nationalities. Someone born and raised on a dairy farm in Reedsburg can be Jewish. Or Muslim. Or even Atheist. Are we going to deport criminal Catholics? Where do we send them, Rome? Or some DUI Lutherans, send those to Germany? If we’re going to go full Nazi now, let’s at least get the terminology correct.

    • Jimmy

      Remember, these are the same people who wanted the Wisconsin delegates to vote for Cruz. No wonder why all these losers bandwagon the Falcons after their lowly Packers got blown out in Atlanta

  • Huh !

    People often confuse Civil Rights with Human Rights, they are different !!!
    Civil Rights:
    Personal liberties that belong to an individual, owing to his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country or community.
    The most common legal application of the term civil rights involves the rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens and residents by legislation and by the Constitution.
    Human Rights:
    Basic rights that fundamentally and inherently belong to each individual.
    Human rights are freedoms established by custom or international agreement that impose standards of conduct on all nations.
    Also, as President, Trump is well within the law to sign a ban in regards to national security and he’s not the first to do it …… That’s the problem with some of our local politicians, they frequently don’t research anything before opening their mouth or signing a paper !

  • Jim

    Except for the Tomah VA scandal she tried to cover up this is the first time in 4 years we have heard from Tammy Baldwin must be getting close to running for reelection. Now she can come out of the woodwork!!!

    • Chrisco

      If you send an email to her office that disagrees with her, they will not even reply. If you email her office in support of something she is doing, they will reply with 24 hours. Johnson’s office replies to you even if you disagree with him.

  • Epistemic Circularity

    This is essintially the same order the Obama administration implemented but I do not remember Fox 6 dedicating the amount of air time and resources to paint such a negative picture

    • Jim colson

      I support the immigration ban. I also support truth in policy. The Obama ban only affected a “6 month refugee ban” from Iraq because of those to guys in Kentucky who came here as refugees but had terror ties. The ban took place then a more through vetting procees was imposed and recheck of those here. The flow from iraq slowed down quite a bit but people still came.. Refugees receive a special visa. Trump plan would stop a permanent resident who was in the us for 10 years from entering if they left. Obama plan was reactive . Trumps plan was proactive approach but had no we want to stop that happening again. It also banned any further travel to us from some places. That is the issue they say. He called it a muslim ban before he got in office. Thats a issue too they say. If it was not rushed it would of worked. He could of put the ban in place for 6 months and then say it could continue under new and “EXTREME VETTING PROGRAM” then it would of reduced to a trickle and only of those of Yazidi ethnic background. The Trump team dropped the ball big time. This something that a whole team of lawyers needed to draw up with backing of prior case law also. The issue is the Permanent ban for US travel from certain countries. Obama plan stopped refugees from coming for a months but allowed certain travel from there during that time. Stopped the refugee special visa program but not all visas. A visa is just the permission to be in country. They dropped the ball plain and simple. A different approach and a different attitude needs to be taken to get the same results they want and promised us.

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