LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “The Muslim ban is simply based on bigotry,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Sunday in response to President Donald Trump’s refugee travel ban.

Lieu went on to tell reporters outside of Los Angeles International Airport at an afternoon press conference:

“Our president and campaign made statements that were bigoted. He has now taken actions based on bigotry, which leads me to conclude that the American president is a bigot. I’m not proud to say that, but is it important for people to call it what it is, and then do protests.”

The statements come following protests nationwide in response to Trump’s executive order barring citizens from predominantly Muslim nations entry into the U.S.

At LAX, two demonstrators got underway Sunday even as progress was made to temporarily halted officials from deporting individuals with valid visas.

Lieu was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the press conference, who also condemned the executive order.

“We embrace the democratic right of people to exercise their patriotic duty, to come and to speak up, and to speak out,” he said.

Garcetti went on to say that those in the country legally should not have been subjected to the uncertainty seen in recent days.

“We’re talking about people who are coming to America legally, who have gone through the painful and long process, and very difficult and arduous undertaking to pick up from where they are and to come to our country,” he said.

“In America, we don’t tear apart families because it is cruel, and it is un-American,” Garcetti added.

Comments (5)
  1. Lu Johnson says:

    Ted Lieu: You are misrepresenting this ban. So are you, Mayor. It’s not hard to understand, so you are purposely grandstanding and politicising. To be clear, it’s very small and selective number of countries, 7, out of more than 65 Muslim countries NOT affected by this ban. Really Mayor, Rep. Lieu, I expect better. You are recklessly bashing the President, twisting the facts, and making yourselves look small and moronic.

    Here’s the president’s description of the ban, for you folks who haven’t taken the time to look this all up and read the details yourselves:

    *****Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting****
    (from President Trump)

    “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.
    We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.
    This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.
    I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”