WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday released the following statement after a U.S. judge temporarily blocked President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries:

“A few hours ago, I welcomed the reunited Kassar family from Syria to Connecticut. Seeing those two young girls clutching their American Girl dolls filled my heart and broke it. There are too many other families out there who, because of President Trump’s dangerous executive order, don’t know when they will see their loved ones again. Tonight’s ruling is welcome news. This executive order is illegal and unconstitutional. President Trump needs to follow the law and rescind this executive order immediately.”

Earlier this week, Murphy called on Congressional Republicans to block Trump’s dangerous executive order on refugees and immigrants and introduced legislation that would reverse it.