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Congressman Jodey Arrington

Representing the 19th District of Texas

My Statement on President Trump's Executive Order

January 31, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

"Congress has been advised by top intelligence officials multiple times that terrorists are targeting our refugee program to infiltrate America. We have seen terrorists carry this out in other countries, including France, where at least two of the Paris attackers posed as refugees and went on to kill at least 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. 

"It is important that our commander in chief puts the safety of Americans first. Given concerns about the inadequate vetting of refugees and problems with our immigration system, this temporary pause is intended to ensure the safety of our citizens. 

"Our hearts go out to the refugees who have no agenda except to find a better life for their families, but we need to develop a process for identifying those who wish to do America harm while also finding the best way to support those who truly need our shelter."