WASHINGTON – Today, House Democrats sent a letter to the General Accountability Office (GAO) urging an investigation into President Trump’s controversial Executive Order temporarily banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States.
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Authored by Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), the letter has been cosigned by over seventy members of Congress, including Representatives Andre Carson (D-IN), John Delaney (D-MD), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
The purpose of the letter is to establish “a factual record” for the genesis of the Executive Order. It requests the Comptroller General of the GAO to “immediately review and report back to Congress on the circumstances surrounding and process through which the Executive Order was drafted, evaluated, and signed.”
Congressman Peter’s letter also calls into question the “intent, wisdom, and constitutionality” of the immigration ban, noting that “we are deeply disturbed that this order may represent unconstitutional discrimination based on religion and national origin, and fails to distinguish between the millions of innocent and peaceful travelers and the small but determined number of suspected terrorists who threaten our national security.”
Additionally, legislation has been introduced in Congress rendering President Trump’s immigration ban null and void. In the Senate, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are leading efforts to nullify and block implementation of the Executive Order, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) is leading efforts in the House to pass the “Statute of Liberty Values Act” (SOLVe).
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