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Rep. LaMalfa comments on President Trump's executive order on immigration

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REDDING, Calif. - Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued a statement Monday with his thoughts on President Trump's executive order on immigration.

Representative LaMalfa begins his statement by saying, "I believe that the policy of placing a temporary hold on persons from countries that are known exporters of terrorism while we reevaluate and strengthen our vetting procedures makes sense".

LaMalfa continued by saying, "Contrary to some partisan claims, this is not a Muslim ban, none of the countries included are in the top five in total Muslim population and make up only 7 of 47 majority Muslim countries. The list of countries was created under the Obama administration and is not the first time we've had short pauses in immigration due to security concerns."

"The implementation of this policy is well within the President's authority granted by Congress and the Constitution and echoes the past concerns expressed by FBI Director James Comey and other senior intelligence officials. This is a common sense policy to keep our country safe, and frankly, one that is long overdue. This pause will be used to develop an effective vetting process and have it in place so that we can assist refugees without jeopardizing our national security," said LaMalfa.

Presidents Trump's order temporarily banned immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and indefinitely stopped Syrian refugees from coming to the United States.

Monday, Senators Patty Murrary (D-WA) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led a coalition of more than half of the Senate Democratic Caucus to urge President Trump to immediately revoke the Executive Order on refugees as it runs "counter to what truly makes America great."

The letter details the manner in which it runs counter to America's values, as well as national security and economic interest, by restricting more than 200 million people from entering our country with no clean evidence that will make our nation more secure.

The letter asserts the executive order constitutes a Muslim ban, and is fundamentally un-American and discriminatory.

The letter begins by saying, "We are writing to express our outrage with the executive order you signed on January 27, 2017 ("Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States"), which constitutes a Muslim ban. The text of this document and its haphazard implementation both run counter to our American values and the Constitution, as well as our national security and economic interests, by restricting more than 200 million people from entering our country with no clear evidence that it will make our nation more secure. We strongly urge you to immediately revoke the executive order."

The letter continues by saying, "As a nation of immigrants that has opened our doors to those fleeing oppression and violence for decades under both Republican and Democratic presidents, this executive order is antithetical to our values and runs counter to what truly makes American great. America's diversity is the defining element of its culture, its history, and its families. The richness of our diversity as a nation of immigrants is fundamental to the fabric of American culture and has been an essential element of our collective history, including that of your own family. Executive action that denies entry to refugees escaping violence and oppression with an explicit preference for people of one religion over another is unconscionable and unconstitutional."

You can see the full letter here:

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