- Title: Kaine speaks out against Trump travel ban
- Date: 30th January 2017
- Summary: DULLES AIRPORT, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 30, 2017) (REUTERS) SEN. TIM KAINE WALKING UP TO MICROPHONE REPORTER ASKING QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEN. TIM KAINE, D-VIRGINIA, SAYING: "If you are worried about the security bonafides of people coming into the country then you examine everybody's bonafides in the same way. But you don't single people out based on the country that they are coming from. You don't single people out based on their religion. You make it about security. Vice President Pence along with others when they were governors, they put in place bars on Syrian refugees based on the country of origin. The Seventh Circuit in Chicago struck down the Indiana law. They said there's a right way to focus on security and a wrong way. You don't single people out based on their country, you instead explore what you can about who they are, and if you can answer your questions with satisfaction they can come in. But you don't single people out based on illegitimate criteria." WIDE SHOT OF KAINE KAINE LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 13th February 2017 21:56
- Keywords: Donald Trump Tim Kaine immigration Congress Senate religious test Dulles Airport
- Location: DULLES, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- City: DULLES, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001619Y0JR
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- Story Text: Senator Tim Kaine, (D-Virginia) on Monday (January 30) joined a growing chorus of politicians criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's recent directive on immigration.
"You don't single people out based on their religion," the former Democratic vice presidential candidate said.
Pressure on Trump grew on Monday over his order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Republican Trump's directive on Friday (January 27) put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The president argues that his action will protect America from terror attacks but critics complain that it unfairly singles out Muslims, violates U.S. law and the Constitution, and defiles America's historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants.
Chaos broke out over the weekend as border and customs officials struggled to put the order into practice amid loud protests at major U.S. airports. Federal judges blocked deportation of those detained under the order.
Several other state attorneys general, including those from California and New York, have said they are considering whether to file their own lawsuits.
U.S. stocks suffered their biggest drop of 2017 as investors took the curb on immigration as a reminder that not all the new president's policies would be market-friendly.
Trump rejected criticism that the order amounted to a Muslim ban, saying more than 40 Muslim-majority countries were not affected.
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