Congressman Doug Lamborn issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s updated executive travel order:
“In the last Congress, the House passed bipartisan legislation calling for a temporary halt on refugees from nations torn apart by terrorism until the implementation of increased security and screening measures could take place. The steps President Trump is taking in his Executive Order are consistent with this approach.
Today’s Executive Order places six nations beset by terrorism, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, under a 90 day travel ban. This temporary suspension will allow the government time to implement more stringent vetting and screening procedures. It is important to note that this temporary suspension DOES NOT apply to Green Card holders, aliens currently in the United States, aliens currently possessing valid visas, dual national aliens, or aliens already granted asylum or refugee status in the United States. Protecting the safety and security of the American people is the primary responsibility of the federal government. I appreciate President Trump and his team revisiting this vitally important issue of foreign terrorist entry into the United States.”
- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Additional Information (Courtesy of the White House)
Differences from Previous EO
• Iraq is Not Covered by the Suspension
o Iraq has taken a number of steps that will help improve the security of U.S. borders and further deepen the vital U.S.-Iraq counterterrorism partnership.
o In particular, we will work jointly with our Iraqi partners to enhance information-sharing on terror suspects, consistent with the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Iraq rooted in the Strategic Framework Agreement.
o This progress further underscores why the Government of Iraq remains such a vital partner in our shared fight against ISIS. We continue to strongly support Iraq and the Iraqi people as we work together to defeat terrorism.
• Precise Scope and Language
o This EO applies only to nationals of those six countries who are outside of the United States, who lack a valid visa on the effective date of this EO, and who lacked a valid visa when the original EO was issued.
o Some courts mistakenly concluded that green-card holders were subject to the original EO. This new order makes it very clear that green-card holders are not covered.
o Although the original EO was entirely lawful, the courts misinterpreted its language. The President made sure this new order gives fair notice to all.
• Deferred Effective Date
o By deferring the effective date of the order until March 16, all affected agencies and personnel will have ample time to ensure an orderly implementation process.
• Refugees Scheduled for Transit
o The new EO does not apply to refugees scheduled for transit.
• Syrian Treated Same as All Other Refugees
• Broader Waiver Authority
o The President trusts in the experience and knowledge of his Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security. This order makes it clear that they have broad authority to grant waivers based on their expert judgments.
• No References to Persecuted Religious Minorities
o The new order provides more generally for waivers in cases of undue hardship, but does not separately reference persecuted religious minorities.