Barletta Applauds Extension of Trump Executive Order on Travel Restrictions

Sep 25, 2017
Press Release
Continues to Support Administration’s Efforts to Keep Americans Safe

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today applauded President Trump’s announcement that he will be using his constitutional authority to strengthen security standards for foreign nationals traveling to the United States.  President Trump’s enhancement of national security measures per Executive Order 13780 temporarily suspended travel to the United States from eight countries that have strong connections to terrorism, inadequate information sharing services, and poor screening and vetting processes.  Five of the countries listed in the executive order have failed to improve their vetting processes to the administrations baseline standard, and therefore restrictions will be maintained on foreign nationals traveling from these countries.  In addition, after further review of our national security protocols, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela have been added to the original five countries and will also face enhanced restrictions.

Barletta released the following statement:

“We are a compassionate nation, one built on legal and orderly immigration, and one which has always offered a place for people seeking better lives.  However, our enemies continuously seek to use our generosity against us, and the president has a duty to protect the American people first.  We know that ISIS has expressed their intent to use our refugee program to sneak their fighters and sympathizers into our country because our security measures are lacking.  We cannot allow this.

“It is also important to recognize that citizens of foreign nations simply do not have the right to unfettered admission to the United States.  In hearings before the House Homeland Security Committee under both the Obama and Trump administrations, numerous national security experts and professionals have stated that we simply cannot accurately screen all foreign nationals because we have no information from their home countries to verify their identities.  In many cases, we have no idea who is trying to enter our country.  I fully support President Trump’s actions to keep America safe, which I believe are only prudent as we work on a system that allows us to verify the identity and background of applicants.”