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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, to discuss the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. to become Health and Human Services secretary. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Chuck Schumer choked back tears as he promised to fight Trump's immigration order


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) choked back tears as he condemned President Trump's executive order targeting travelers from predominantly Muslim nations.

"This order was mean-spirited and un-American," Schumer said through tears alongside families who had entered New York through the U.S. refugee program. 

He promised to introduce legislation to overturn Trump's order. Schumer praised Republican Sen. John McCain for condemning the ban but said he needed other Republicans to join him.

WATCH | Here's the full press conference.

Schumer was very emotional for much of the conference.

Schumer seemed pleased that court orders limiting the ban would be obeyed.

Schumer argued the ban was "implemented in a way that created chaos and confusion" and will make "lone wolves more likely, not less."

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday permanent legal residents, better known as green card holders, would not be deported, but may be subject to additional questioning upon returning to the U.S.

Schumer tweeted earlier Sunday that "much more work" remained.

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