President Donald Trump has called House Democrats ‘Venezuela on steroids’ after he voted to withdraw his government’s controversial travel ban.
“The Democrats in the House are trying to undo my big win Travel Ban Bill, which is successfully keeping very bad and dangerous people out of our great country,” Trump tweeted on Saturday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“Went along party lines. Hopefully get DEAD in the Senate! The Dems are Stone Cold Left – Venezuela on steroids! ‘
The House voted on Wednesday to lift the Trump administration’s travel ban and further limit the president’s power to restrict access to the U.S.
President Donald Trump has called House Democrats ‘Venezuela on steroids’ after he voted to withdraw his government’s controversial travel ban
The bill, passed by Democrat-controlled House 233-183, was initially scheduled for action in March, before the corona virus forced planning changes on Capitol Hill.
The measure is unlikely to go ahead in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it has no GOP support. But the House’s approval of the bill was still elated advocates who had long pushed for formal action against a travel ban they consider discriminatory.
“This is a historic moment for Muslims,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, one of the groups supporting the bill, before the vote.
Passing the NO BAN law will “show Muslims who have been banned and scapegoated by the Trump administration that we deserve rights and dignity,” Khera added.
Among the House Democrats who voted, they all supported the bill, while two Republicans voted through the aisle to vote yes: Texas Rep. Will Hurd and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick.
The White House objected to the bill in March, saying in a statement that the reversal of the travel ban would “harm the national security of the United States” and that the ban “was central to the government’s continued efforts to protect the U.S. people against the spread of COVID-19. ‘
House speaker Nancy Pelosi can be seen on Friday. The House voted on Wednesday to lift the travel ban and further limit the President’s authority to restrict access to the U.S.
In the pre-vote debate, Democrats repeatedly dismissed the travel ban that President Donald Trump first imposed in January 2017. They called it biased against Muslims, whose entry into the country first suggested blocking Trump during his 2016 run at the White House.
“It will be a proud day for this Congress to invalidate the President’s infamous and ugly attempt to scapegoat people based on their religion,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., During the debate before the vote.
The legislation goes beyond the lifting of Trump’s travel ban, which was converted amid legal difficulties and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2018.
The latest version of the ban has implications for travel from five majority Muslim countries – Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Libya – in addition to North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.
Not only has the House bill overturned the travel ban, it also prohibits religious discrimination in the application of immigration laws and limits the executive’s ability to restrict access to the US for certain groups of people.
Conservatives defended Trump’s actions. Representative Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, said during the debate that Trump’s travel restrictions are “not a Muslim ban,” but rather a “legitimate travel restriction implemented for the security of this country.”
He criticized Democrats for relying on a “straw man’s argument” about religious discrimination while drafting a bill restricting the presidential authority in a broader sense.
Trump added new immigration borders from six other countries earlier this year, including the majority of Muslims Kyrgyzstan and Sudan, as well as Nigeria, which has the fifth-largest Muslim population in the world, according to the Pew Research Center.
Trump’s democratic rival in the upcoming presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden, vowed Monday to revoke Trump’s travel ban ‘on the first day’ if elected. He pledged in comments to a summit on the rise of Muslim voters.
Venezuelan security forces confront protesters against government during fighting near La Carlota military base in Caracas last year
Islamic Americans and other civil rights advocates have said Wednesday’s vote in the House would help them keep the pressure on a future policy rollback.
The passage of the bill means “a huge step forward for Muslims, Africans, immigrants and anyone who wants to ensure that future presidents cannot use rank bias to issue discriminatory bans,” said Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy adviser at the American Civil Liberties Union, before the vote.
Meanwhile, the United States has imposed two Venezuelan sanctions on Thursday on charges of supporting the government and the son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Washington’s latest actions against the socialist leader.
The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that brothers Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez, members of a family of “trusted partners” of Maduro and his son, are helping to distribute assets for the Venezuelan president and his family .
The Treasury also said the two brothers are central figures in Venezuela’s gold industry, overseeing the financial mechanism of an illicit gold program involving the son of the Venezuelan president, also known as Nicolas Maduro, previously blacked by Washington list is set.
Thursday’s action secures all of the brothers’ American possessions and prohibits Americans in general from doing business with them.
“The United States is committed to targeting individuals who facilitate and facilitate this corrupt regime, while continuing to ignore the well-being of the Venezuelan people,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, regarding the 2018 re-election of Maduro as a sham. But Maduro has remained in power, backed by the country’s military and by Russia, China and Cuba.