NEPA group protests travel ban at 'Tuesdays with Toomey'
Citizens' group visits Scranton office weekly, calls on senator to oppose ban issued by President Trump
Toomey wary on how Trump order balances security, refugees
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says he supports President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, although he criticized as too broad and poorly explained.
Toomey said in a statement Jan. 30 that he supports the Trump administration's decision to temporarily suspend all immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days.
He says he's long been concerned about the government's ability to root out terrorists from innocent refugees coming from terror havens and lawless lands.
But he also reserved judgment on whether the order properly balances defending Americans against terrorism and giving safe haven to refugees.
He suggests that'll depend on how the administration enforces it, and says it's fortunate the Trump administration clarified that the order doesn't apply to green-card holders and that exceptions can be granted.
SCRANTON — The citizens' group Action Together NEPA is holding weekly protests at the office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to urge him to change his position on President Trump’s controversial travel ban.
The group is attending the “Tuesdays with Toomey” constituent gathering at 2 p.m. every week at Toomey's office at the Scranton Life Building, 538 Spruce St. #302, Scranton, Pa.
Other Action groups are visiting his offices in Philadelphia, Johnstown, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Allentown. The protests are organized through the Indivisible movement to oppose Trump's agenda (indivisibleguide.com).
The Scranton group began its "Tuesdays with Toomey" demonstrations on Jan. 24, and says the number of people registered for upcoming Tuesdays has more than quadrupled.
"A growing group of Senator Pat Toomey’s Pennsylvania constituents have joined to urge the Senator to represent them and keep his campaign promises to protect and serve all constituents," says a statement from Action Together NEPA. "They will visit his offices every Tuesday, indefinitely, to hold him to the promises."
The activists have been denied meetings with Toomey’s staff in Philadelphia since Dec. 20, says Action Together.
"Each week in Philadelphia, the doors are preemptively locked to keep constituents out," the group says. "Groups at Pittsburgh, Scranton, Johnstown, Harrisburg and Allentown have had more positive receptions from Toomey’s staff, but Senator Toomey has yet to address or act on any specific issues risen by any group."
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