Saleh said he was pleased with an outpouring of support from the interfaith community. “Rabbis, priests and even atheists have reached out to me personally.”
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U.S. Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch put out a press release Friday evening condemning the executive order.
“In a direct attack on this proudly American value, the President’s executive order on refugees starts a period in which the United States closes its doors to the most vulnerable people,” Deutch was quoted in the press release.
On Saturday, Deutch took to Twitter and blasted the executive order in a stream of tweets.
“Religious tests and refugee bans slam shut that golden door. Extreme vetting just deported decency from America,” Deutch wrote in one tweet.
Deutch, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, also posted photos with his tweets. One was of the body of a child, a refugee, who drowned while fleeing Syria.
“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door,” Deutch tweeted with a photo of the Statue of Liberty beside a photo of a stunned, bloody toddler in Aleppo that went viral during the siege on the Syrian city.
In another tweet, he pulled an excerpt from a New York Times article: “They don’t put their children in dinghies on high seas b/c they have a choice. They do it b/c they have no choice.”
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, also a Democrat, used his twitter account to condemn the executive order.
“I am outraged by @RealDonaldTrump’s #MuslimBan. It is illegal & a stain on America. History will judge us for this failure.”
Florida senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio issued no statements and made no comment on their social media accounts. Newly elected Republican Rep. Brian Mast also made no comment.