STATEWIDE- Many people across the country speaking out.
“It’s unacceptable… This isn’t the soul of the Christianity teaching… It’s not American… It’s very racist and should be unacceptable by everyone,” said one Muslim woman.
Backed by state officials who say President Donald Trump’s executive order has gone too far.
“This order will make us less secure, not more secure,” said Senator Angus King.
The executive order prevents people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering America, an attempt to keep potential terrorists out of the country.
But state officials say these are not the people we need to be worried about.
“These people are innocent. These people are not terrorists. They have already been vetted. So closing the door on them is an arbitrary act and my fear is that in fact this is the kind of thing that breeds terrorism,” said Attorney General Janet Mills.
Attorney General Janet Mills joining sixteen other attorneys general across the country, standing up against the ban.
She calls it unconstitutional, and agrees with other state officials that this might do the opposite of what it was intended to do.
“They were literally celebrating in ISIS over the weekend because they want to convert this struggle from a struggle against the west, against this little group ISIS. They want to make us look like we’re the enemy of Islam and Muslims across the world. And that’s not true,” said Sen. King.
The ban also includes those who are legal permanent residents and visa holders, many of whom help prevent attacks from those who pose a real threat.
“It’s impeded the ability of Iraqi citizens who helped save the lives of American troops for the past decade because they have been translators or bodyguards and whose own lives may now be at risk if they stay in Iraq,” said Sen. Susan Collins.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree also spoke out, saying this ban goes against American values and she will do anything she can to welcome these people to Maine.
Congressman Bruce Poliquin, however, has remained quiet, saying his priority is to increase border security and end sanctuary cities until there are more effective processes to check on potential terrorists.