Republicans React to Immigration Ban

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Columbia University students gather to protest President Donald Trump's immigration order Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in New York.
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Attorneys, translators, and immigration advocates are continuing to set up shop inside a number of airports throughout the country - looking to greet and help incoming refugees, immigrants, or even green card and certain passport holders as they try to make it through the complexities and ambiguities of what President Trump insists is not a thinly-veiled Muslim ban, but instead simply about "terror and keeping our country safe," despite having run his campaign on the promise to enact such a ban.

Former President Barack Obama came out against the order yesterday in his first public statement since the Inauguration, and Senate Democrats introduced a bill in an attempt to unravel it.

But they'll need to win over at least 12 Republicans to get the bill through the Senate and into the House. They might have one in Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who spoke with Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich yesterday.

“We still are seeking some clarity and my guess is over the next couple of days, there will be additional clarification and clarity as to what's happening. There's still a lot of confusion around the world as to what this means.”

According to The Washington Post, Corker is one of more than 60 Republican Representatives and Senators who have expressed reservations or declined to fully support the immigration ban, while 80 support it.

There are 24 who are in public opposition to the ban, including Congressman Leonard Lance, who has served as a Republican Representative from New Jersey's 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009. In a statement released on Sunday, Lance called the order "rushed and poorly implemented."

Congressman Leonard Lance joins The Takeaway to discuss his disavowal of the order, and if he'd be willing to work with Democrats on repealing it.