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January 28, 2017

Thompson Statement on the Effects of Trump's Executive Order

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the effects of President Trump’s Executive Order on refugees and immigration:

“Barring vetted, approved refugees, visa holders, and even U.S. green card holders from boarding planes to this country or detaining them upon arrival simply because they hold passports from Muslim-majority countries does nothing to enhance homeland security. This shameful act has a destabilizing effect on our relationship with our allies and partners in the fight against terrorism.”

“The President must begin to understand that his antics have consequences.  This reckless behavior from President Trump must stop so our national security professionals can keep their focus where it needs to be – thoroughly screening all travelers to help keep our nation secure.”

“Yesterday’s decision warrants timely oversight. Congress cannot sit idly by and allow the President to continue to set our nation back with the stroke of a pen.”

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