- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 12, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Sunday said President Trump should throw his “extreme vetting” order in the garbage instead of redrafting it or continuing to appeal court decisions that put it on hold.

The New York Democrat said Mr. Trump’s attempt to temporarily halt the U.S. refugee program and block migrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations — Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Yemen — is “un-American,” will hurt the U.S. economically and spur would-be terrorists to carry out “lone wolf” attacks.

“Its genesis is so bad and terrible he ought to just throw it in the trash can,” Mr. Schumer told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Mr. Trump is considering a new executive order on immigration as early as Monday in response to the courts halting his earlier move. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a restraining order against his first attempt.

Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said the order appears to be constitutional but might not achieve its goal. He said it might be time to “pause and reflect” on the best way to protect the homeland, without alienating foreign allies in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

“Obviously the president wants to keep the country safe,” he told CBS.

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