Outrage Over Immigration Ban Makes Its Way To UK Parliament

The House of Commons discussed President Trump's executive order twice Monday.
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Outrage Over Immigration Ban Makes Its Way To UK Parliament

Outrage over President Donald Trump's immigration ban has made its way across the Atlantic to the U.K. Parliament. And Monday night, the House of Commons voted unanimously to call for its repeal.

"Since its foundation, Mr. Speaker, the United States has been built on the back of immigrants across the world," Labour Party MP Edward Miliband said at the beginning of the emergency session.

"I learned, Mr. Speaker, that this great nation had put in place measures that would prevent mine and my family's ability to travel, study and feel welcome there," Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi said. Zahawi was born in Iraq but is a British citizen. His sons attend universities in the United States.

The motion was this: "That this house has considered the matter of the need for repeal of President Trump's discriminatory, divisive and counterproductive ban on entry to the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries and the indefinite ban placed on Syrian refugees."

The vote came after members of opposing parties joined together to hold an emergency debate on Trump's executive order.

The order Trump signed Friday bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. It suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, with an indefinite suspension on Syrian refugees. 

The emergency debate was the second time members of the House of Commons discussed the order.

Earlier on Monday, U.K. Secretary of State Boris Johnson addressed the new U.S. policies and how they'll affect U.K. passport holders.

"This is not our policy — nor is it a measure that this government would consider," Johnson said in his opening address.

"Will the foreign secretary for a moment try to recall, along with me, what it was like as I hid under the stairs when two fascist dictators, Mussolini and Hitler, were raining bombs on towns and cities in Britain? Now, this government are hand in hand with another fascist: Trump," Labour Party MP Dennis Skinner said.

A petition on Parliament's website calls for Trump not to have an official state visit. It has received more than one million signatures, most of which were added over the weekend.

The petition doesn't call for Trump to be barred from entering the U.K. Rather, it says, "He should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen."

According to CNN, a British lawyer created the petition two months ago, and it had only received a few hundred signatures. But once Trump signed the executive order Friday, word of the petition spread.

The government is required to respond to any parliamentary petition that receives over 10,000 signatures. Parliament also considers any petition for debate that gets over 100,000 signatures.

But the BBC, citing unnamed officials, said Prime Minister Theresa May won't withdraw her invitation to Trump for an official state visit.