Johnson, Walker had opposed Trump’s proposed Muslim ban
MADISON, Wis. — The top two elected Republicans in Wisconsin have previously criticized President Donald Trump for proposing a Muslim ban as a candidate.
But Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson did not immediately return messages Monday seeking reaction to Trump’s executive order banning refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Trump has insisted that the order he signed is not a ban on Muslims entering the country but is instead a measure designed to keep the country safe.
Trump’s order includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
The president was applauded by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who says it is “time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa-vetting process.”
Advocates for immigrants speak out
About 150 people protested the order Saturday in Milwaukee. And in Madison, about 2,500 people attended a Sunday public forum where the mayor and others spoke out against the travel ban.
Democratic state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa was slated to join with the head of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and other civil rights, immigration and faith leaders on Monday to speak out against the ban.
Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner reversed himself over the weekend after initially saying Saturday that green-card holders affected by Trump’s order shouldn’t be allowed in the U.S. On Sunday, Sensenbrenner said he misspoke.
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