The House is set to vote Thursday on President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration plan that would give the Department of Homeland Security a broad discretion to enforce a ban on immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries.
The measure is a direct challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive actions that banned immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Trump has said that the order, called “extreme vetting,” is needed to keep radicalized Muslims from entering America.
But House Democrats have said that Trump’s proposal could make the country less safe.
“This is the latest example of a president who has lied to the American people, to his own Cabinet, to the country, and to Congress, by saying the Muslim ban is needed,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).
“This ban is not needed.
This ban has not stopped terror attacks.
This is not the solution to terrorism.
This plan is not going to work.
This policy is not an effective way to stop terrorism.
It’s an expensive and harmful way to do the job.”
The House will vote Thursday, and it is not clear when it will be taken up.
A vote could come as early as Thursday afternoon.
The House’s top Democrat, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D) of Illinois, called on Republicans to hold up the bill and vote against it.
“The Senate should reject the executive order,” Gutierrez said on Wednesday.
“We need to move this bill along.
It is not good for America.”
Republicans say they will hold up their vote if the bill becomes law, saying it is unconstitutional and would violate the constitutional separation of powers.
They also say the measure will not address the country’s security threats posed by foreign nationals and their links to terrorists.
The White House has been pushing for Congress to take up the measure, arguing that the Trump administration would be barred from enforcing the ban if it were implemented.
“President Trump’s Executive Order is an unconstitutional and un-American Executive Order, which violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” White House Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.
“Congress must pass legislation that will end the Executive Order and stop President Trump from enforcing it.
The president’s Executive order is a threat to the homeland and undermines the rule of law.”
The Trump administration is also looking at other options for addressing the problem, including imposing new restrictions on travel and tourism.