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June 29, 2017

Thompson: Administration Not Answering Questions on Travel Ban Implementation

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on tonight’s partial reinstatement of President Trump’s revised travel ban:

“Just hours before the President’s unconstitutional and misguided travel ban takes partial effect tonight, Administration officials briefing Congress were unwilling or unable to provide meaningful answers about how they determined whom the ban would affect, why the ban would apply to certain family members, including grandparents, or whether they will share implementation guidance.  This apparent lack of preparation and transparency does not inspire confidence that the Administration has learned its lesson after the chaos the first travel ban created at airports around the world in January. It is imperative that the Trump Administration avoid repeating past mistakes by immediately providing clear guidance to DHS and State Department personnel, travel industry partners, and the public.”

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