Rep. Joe Kennedy 'Extremely Disappointed' By Travel Ban Ruling

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Protesters outside the US Supreme Court Tuesday. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Speaking to WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Nichole Davis, Rep. Joe Kennedy III said he was "extremely disappointed" that the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration's travel ban Tuesday.

"I think one of the fundamental bedrocks of our country is freedom of religion," Kennedy said. "The ability for those that are fleeing violence and persecution, or who just want to travel here, who want to become US citizens, who want to experience what it's like to be in the United States, that there shouldn't be a religious litmus test to gain entry into this country. And the Supreme Court said today that there could be."

Supreme Court Upholds President Trump's Travel Ban
Supreme Court Upholds President Trump's Travel Ban
The immigration restriction affects people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Rep. Kennedy said he believes Congress should step in to prove there are ways to keep the country safe without such a religious test. He said everyone should do what they can to make it known that religious freedom is still important to the country.

"The American public, I think, has to recognize that this was the result of an executive action taken by the President of the United States, and the best way to show that we disagree with it is to get out there and make your voices heard, and to vote," he said.

 

Kennedy and Davis also spoke about potential Congressional action on ending border separations--as well as his reaction to reports that there has been increased immigration activity on the northern border in New Hampshire and Maine.

Listen to the full interview here:

 

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