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Congressman Kevin Yoder

Representing the 3rd District of Kansas

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

Jan 30, 2017
Press Release

Overland Park, KS – Yesterday, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) made the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The order restricted Syrian refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and restricted immigration from seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Representative Yoder’s statement: 

"We must be both a compassionate nation and a nation that keeps its citizens safe and we must find common ground to achieve both missions. Reforming and strengthening our vetting system is necessary and important step to continuing the long legacy of refugees coming to America. The Obama Administration rightly did this in 2011 when it paused refugee resettlement from Iraq for six months to prevent terrorist infiltration and again last year when it worked with Congress to sign our bill into law reforming the visa waiver program, which laid the groundwork for this executive order. Likewise, President Trump should have our nation's support to carry out his mission to protect our nation's borders, but he must do so without unnecessarily burdening lawful entrants into the United States or discriminating against specific religions. 

"It's clear right now the order is being interpreted too broadly to block valid visas and green card holders. While a temporary pause in new admissions is appropriate - the President should work with Congress to come up with clear procedures to ensure that our refugee program can continue in the safest manner possible."