The Massachusetts Senate has released a unanimous statement condemning President Trump’s recent executive order establishing a travel ban which bars entry to the United States for certain nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations.
The letter says the edict has impacted people arriving at Logan airport, including two professors from UMass Dartmouth.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg said in the letter, “Freedom of religion is central to our strength as a democracy, both as a nation and as a Commonwealth. We will continue to defend the Constitutional rights of the citizens and immigrants of Massachusetts who contribute so much to our culture and our economy.”
Protesters have gathered at the State House in opposition of the order.
Governor Charlie Baker has also issued a statement on the order, saying “"I believe focusing on countries' predominant religions will not make the country safer as terrorists have showed they intend to strike from across the world. The confusion for families is real. The unexpected disruption for law abiding people is real. And the lack of guidance associated with such an abrupt and overwhelming decision is hugely problematic for all involved," he said.