Texas Sen. Donna Campbell, a Republican, has introduced a bill that would allow Texans to travel to other states, including New York, if their visas are denied.
She said it is in the “national interest” for Texas to be able to take advantage of the “extraordinary” travel restrictions to visit family in New York City.
“When people travel abroad, it allows them to get to see loved ones, it opens up opportunities for them to visit other places, it gives them the opportunity to visit places that are important to them, and it provides them with opportunities for their business and their jobs,” Campbell said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.
“So, I think it’s important that the president be able travel.”
Campbell is one of a number of Republicans who have come out in opposition to President Donald Trump’s travel bans, arguing that they are unnecessary and should be reviewed in light of the president being sworn in on Jan. 20.
“We don’t need to take the country to war and destroy the country,” Campbell told The New York Times last month.
“We don and we shouldn’t.
And I think the best way to do that is for him to stay in his home state of Texas and continue to lead the country.”
The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a lawsuit challenging Trump’s executive order, arguing it violates the constitutional right to due process.
The court case is pending in the Northern District of Texas.