- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democrats in Rhode Island expressed disappointment Tuesday with U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries.

Gov. Gina Raimondo called the ban “immoral and unnecessary.” She said Rhode Island has always been strengthened by the contribution of immigrants and they’ll continue to be welcomed in the state.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the ruling “a serious blow to religious freedom.”

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld Trump’s ban, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. A dissenting justice said it was a historic mistake.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said it reflects poorly on the Supreme Court as an institution and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin said discrimination of this sort is unjustifiable.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline said the decision “undermines our security and our values.”

“We are better than this,” Cicilline said in a statement. “One day, we’ll look back on this ruling and wonder how we lost our way.”

Reed said he plans to work on legislation to check the president’s authority to issue orders like the travel ban, so it’s clear that “bigotry has no home in America.”

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