WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) released the following statement on President Trump’s revised refugee and Muslim ban:

“After a federal judge unequivocally halted President Trump’s first ban on Muslims and refugees, it is preposterous to see a recalcitrant White House willing to take yet another gamble to put fringe politics ahead of our national security and our Constitution. The underlying purpose of this executive order remains intact: Ban Muslims from entering our country. It remains a dangerous affront to our American values. Rather than improve our national security, this order increases recruitment tools for radical groups who seek to harm Americans.

“Make no mistake, turning away those fleeing horrific violence and persecution and discriminating against people based on nationality and religion is as un-American now as it was two months ago. Cosmetically scaling back the ban does not expunge its fundamental illegality either.

“With the lessons from the widespread chaos and national outrage from January fresh in our minds, I urge Congressional Republicans to learn from their mistakes and put country over party by swiftly standing up against this latest attempt to undermine the core values that built this country.”