Democrats unanimously slammed the executive order.
“A more accurate term for ‘extreme vetting’ would be ‘extreme cynicism,’ ‘extreme selfishness’ or even ‘extreme cowardice,’” says Sen. Josh Newman.
Most Republicans supported the president’s action.
“I think the question is, is this body more committed to defeating our president or to defeating terrorism?” said Sen. Ted Gaines.
In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Sen. Joel Anderson, who served as a Trump delegate to last summer's Republican convention, acknowledged a “rocky“ start to the order's implementation but called its goals “admirable.“
Listen to Anderson's interview with Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler:
Two GOP senators abstained – including Sen. Janet Nguyen, who was five years old when her family escaped from Vietnam in a tiny wooden boat.
“I personally understand the plight of refugees and sympathize with their experiences,“ she said during Senate debate. “But in the end, the debate is about national security.”
Meanwhile, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes issued a statement that appeared to criticize the president’s action, at least to a point: “While bolstering our national security is important, when forced to decide between security and liberty, I will always side with liberty.”