Booker, Menendez want to cut federal funding to stop travel ban
Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez say that they may consider cutting off federal funding to agencies responsible for carrying out President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban in order to fight against it.
The president's executive order temporarily banned citizens in seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States. It was an act that sparked protests across the country.
"This is a perilous time in America," says Booker. "In my opinion, when it comes to foreign policy and our values, we are at a low, low point."
Booker and Menendez say that they will try to convince other federal lawmakers to cut off funding to those agencies that will carry out the restrictions laid out in the order.
The senators, who met with immigration advocates Monday, say the order is counter to American values and called for more public resistance.
"It's not in the national security interest of the United States to have other countries feel that we are barring them, at the end of the day, when we need to engage them," Menendez says.
Three Republican New Jersey congressmen have also come out against the travel restrictions. They say it was rushed and poorly executed.