Throughout his campaign for presidency, Donald Trump pushed for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Now, Attorney General nominee, Jeff Sessions, is standing his ground against the ban.
Trump’s statements about Muslims and his critiques of Islam upset many people, as a ban on a group of individuals is unconstitutional. The ban would put a stop to Muslims entering the U.S., and would call for Muslim-Americans to enter a registry. When Trump won the election this past November, many Muslims feared for their safety. Muslims across the country felt that the U.S. had turned its back on the thousands of peaceful, practicing Muslims for the few Islamic extremists.
Despite Trump’s promise, Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions announced that he would not support a ban on immigration based on a person’s religion. Ironically, Sessions voted against a resolution stating that the U.S. would not enforce religious tests on immigrants entering the country in 2015. Although it’s positive reinforcement for many that Sessions may have had a “change of heart,” it also seems unwise to believe in a senator who has already changed his stance on the issue.
Senator Leahy, who referred to the non-binding resolution given in 2015, asked what prompted Sessions to change his mind. Sessions stated ” I have no belief, and do not support the idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States.” He went on to add that he would support no law that forbid Muslims from coming to America because of their religion.