Rep. Barletta’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order

Mar 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today applauded President Trump’s latest executive order, which pauses the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. It also suspends the issuance of new visas for 90 days for individuals from six countries that either are designated as state sponsors of terrorism, or have become terrorist hotbeds.  The six countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

Additionally, President Trump ordered a review of the screening, or vetting, process of refugees until it can be determined that refugee applicants are indeed the individuals they claim to be. The order will become effective on March 16, 2017.

Barletta issued the following statement:

“I commend President Trump for acting decisively to protect the American people.  This order, like previous orders, is lawful and within the president’s existing authority. 

“In hearings before my House Homeland Security Committee, we have had numerous national security experts testify that we simply cannot accurately screen refugees because we have no information from their home countries to verify their identities.  In many cases, we simply have no idea who we are admitting into the country.  President Trump’s executive order allows for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist and criminal infiltration by foreign nationals.

“It is the president’s job to protect the American people.  And it is important to recognize that citizens of foreign nations simply do not have the right to unfettered admission into the United States.  I applaud the president’s continued efforts to improve vetting standards and ensure we have the time and capability to accurately determine the background of people seeking access to this country.

“I am in full support of President Trump’s actions to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. I believe such actions are prudent, while we work on a system that allows us to verify the identity and background of applicants.”