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Congressional Democrats protest Trump immigration order

Led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Democrats gathered outside the Supreme Court on Monday night to denounce President Trump's executive order that at least temporarily bars travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Pelosi said "many of our Republican colleagues" agree with Democrats that "what the president did undermines our values and is not in support of the oath of office that we take, to support and defend the Constitution of the United States." The strength of the United States is "in our diversity," she added, and "the revitalization constantly of America comes from our immigrant population."

Schumer said the "inhumane" order makes Americans "unsafe," because it encourages "lone wolves" and will cause our troops fighting overseas to lose allies. The U.S. has long been a "beacon of light" to people oppressed because of their religion and political beliefs, and "we will not let this evil order make us less American," he said. "We will fight against it with everything we have, and we will win this fight." Earlier, Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Schumer to vote on legislation reversing the order.