On Sunday, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner joined a majority of Democrats and a growing list of Republicans who have criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans refugees and all citizens of seven Muslim nations from entering the United States.
The order caused chaos at airports around the country as even legal permanent residents were prohibited from entering. On Sunday the administration said that most of these long-term U.S. residents will be allowed in but asserted that other parts of the executive order remain in effect.
“While I am supportive of strengthening our screening processes and securing our borders, a blanket travel ban goes too far,” Gardner said in a statement. “I also believe that lawful residents of the United States should be permitted to enter the country. I urge the administration to take the appropriate steps to fix this overly broad executive order.”
Among Colorado’s Republican congressmen, Rep. Mike Coffman, who represents Aurora, said late Saturday that he does not support a travel ban based on religion or ethnicity but did not refer to the executive order specifically.
Scott Tipton, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn have not issued public statements yet about the ban.
The Democratic members of Colorado’s delegation have all condemned the travel ban.
Democrats plan to introduce legislation on Monday that would reverse the travel ban.
The Washington Post is keeping a tally of Republican opposition to the ban, as of Sunday evening, there were 14 senators and representatives, including Gardner and Coffman, counted as “opposed.” Another 20 have “reservations,” while 32 support the ban.