JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As protesters continued to decry President Donald Trump’s government order banning journey from seven nations with Muslim-majority populations, lots of Jacksonville’s leaders — a majority of them Republican — voiced their help Tuesday for Trump’s motion.
The order got here down final weekend and hundreds of protests erupted throughout the nation consequently. The order bans 218 million individuals from getting into the USA for ninety days and in addition halts the Syrian refugee program for one hundred twenty days.
Trump says the order, which bans journey to the U.S. from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq, is an pressing matter and essential to hold terrorists in another country.
“Within the spirit of what is occurring with the chief order, I might are likely to agree. I feel we have now to do one thing to repair a damaged system, so a short lived ban on permitting individuals to return in till we get that system fastened, I feel, is an applicable step to take,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams stated Tuesday at a convention of sheriffs in Jacksonville.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with sheriffs from throughout the state, hours earlier than a rally outdoors the Duval County Courthouse, led by the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition, drew at the least one hundred protestors. A number of Trump supporters additionally gathered in entrance of the Courthouse in a counter-protest, and no less than two dozen Jacksonville cops have been there to maintain the peace.
When requested his place on the ban, Scott stated he helps holding individuals protected and emphasised that he doesn’t see the ban as concentrating on a specific faith.
“I do know the president is concentrated on how can we safe borders and hold individuals protected, so when you take a look at this, this isn’t a Muslim ban. This can be a let’s take a pause, let’s work out how can we do that proper to maintain individuals protected,” Scott stated. “I help when the president says he will give attention to how can we hold individuals protected. I do know that he is provide you with a plan. He will be tweaking that plan to ensure we do it the proper method.”
Different leaders from throughout the state additionally voiced their help for the ban, together with Mayor Lenny Curry, Nassau County Sheriff Invoice Leeper, Rep. John Rutherford and Sen. Marco Rubio.
“America has been and can proceed to be a nation of immigrants that welcomes individuals from all over the world that love this land,” Rutherford stated in a press release. “However we should shield our residents at the beginning by making certain that we maintain would-be terrorists from exploiting our visa and refugee packages. I help elevated vetting of vacationers from nations which might be recognized sponsors and harbors of terrorism, and I sit up for working with my colleagues in Congress to strengthen our vetting of overseas vacationers.”
However the order has many individuals, notably Muslims, frightened and upset and has sparked protests just like the one held Tuesday by the…