On Wednesday, President Donald Trump ordered the construction of a wall on the Mexican border, a pause on immigration from  “terror prone” countries and targeting sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants. Those actions—while in line with Trump’s campaign promises—have sparked concern from a number of New Jersey elected officials who claim that such restrictions are “un-American.”

“This is a terrible and ugly decision by a President who is more concerned with right-wing fringe movements than doing what’s right for all of America, for the economy, and for the future of this country. Donald Trump started his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and murderers, and he is shamefully starting his presidency by declaring open season on immigrants and refugees, and making taxpayers foot the bill for his nativist impulses,” Menendez said in a statement. “But it is clear to me that President Trump simply does not comprehend the full magnitude or the real human cost of this decision.”

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