Leelah Alcorn is not a Democrat.
She was not born in Louisiana.
She did not attend school there.
She is not even a member of the Tea Party.
And yet, on Wednesday, the Louisiana Democratic Party sent a letter to the Louisiana State Legislature, asking that it repeal the travel ban.
“The people of Louisiana deserve the right to be treated with respect, regardless of their religious beliefs,” the letter states.
“This is a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and its laws.”
The letter is not an endorsement of Leelagh Alcorn or any other Trump supporter, but it is a direct response to the Republican majority in the state Legislature who has refused to consider a measure that would prohibit the president from issuing any visas to the state.
In a move that shocked many Democrats, the majority of Republicans in the State Senate rejected an effort to make the travel restriction law.
The House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto on Wednesday.
“This is not about Leelahs religious beliefs.
This is about protecting the safety and security of all Louisiana residents,” the state Democratic Party wrote in a statement on Wednesday morning.
“If you refuse to support this bill, it will not pass the Senate, and the governor will not sign it.
We demand your leadership and that of your Republican colleagues.””
The Senate cannot override the Governor’s veto, and we cannot ignore the state of Louisiana and its people,” the statement continued.
“You have the opportunity to act today to end this discriminatory travel ban and help protect all Louisiana citizens.”
The Louisiana Democratic Convention, which will take place in Baton Rouge next month, will take a stand against the travel restrictions.
“While we cannot force anyone to go through the same procedures as other travelers, we can ensure that people from all walks of life are able to travel freely in our state,” the convention said in a news release on Wednesday afternoon.
“There are currently a lot of people here, including a lot who are on the travel bans list, who are here to visit family and friends, work and raise their families.”
A group of Democratic state legislators and activists have launched a campaign to have the travel rules repealed, and have organized rallies throughout the state to push for the repeal.