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Gohmert on President Trump’s Executive Orders to Strengthen National Security

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Washington, January 30, 2017 | comments
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the executive orders made by the Trump Administration regarding refugees:

“After years of failure by the Obama Administration to adequately protect the American people against the inherent and systematic flaws in our refugee system, on Friday President Trump took a first step and utilized the tools that both the Constitution and Congress have long granted Presidents to strengthen our national security and restore sanity to the most generous immigration system in the world. President Trump mandated a pause that is temporary, not terribly dissimilar to one President Carter issued in 1980 after he realized the Ayatollah Khomeini was not the “man of peace” he originally thought.”

“The refugee program the President has paused is the same one that ISIS terrorists have repeatedly vowed that they are infiltrating and intending to use to kill Americans. The President is acting temporarily and prudently to give his Administration and Congress the much needed time to properly evaluate the refugee program and reform it to ensure that it both helps legitimate refugees and ensures the safety of the American people. When an FBI Director warns that they have no information against which to determine if a self-proclaimed refugee from a certain country is what he says, at least one out of every two U.S. Presidents ought to take it to heart and act to protect America. With this President’s action to pause refugee admissions, not based on their religion but on whether there is adequate information to determine if they are a threat, he is constitutionally acting to protect Americans.”

“While many opponents of this President will claim that the President's order is illegal and even unconstitutional, those claims ignore longstanding constitutional precedents and statutory grants of authority that many presidents, including President Obama, have used. The United States Constitution gives Congress the authority to exclude any non-citizen alien from our country for any reason, period. In exercise of this authority, Congress has granted the executive branch broad authority to exclude aliens who would be detrimental to the interests of our people and their safety.”

“No one is being discriminated against on the basis of their religion unless it is Christians. The basis for the pause is the lack of credible information against which to check the identity of the person claiming refugee status. While citizens of Saudi Arabia made up the majority of the 9-11 hijackers, at least the Saudi government provides at least some information with which to vet applicants. The same FBI Director who dramatically aided Hillary Clinton politically last summer, testified in front of me and the Judiciary Committee that the FBI basically has nothing with which to check self-proclaimed Syrian refugees. President Obama ignored this sworn threat. President Trump is taking it seriously.”

“While I have great empathy for the millions of men and women who are suffering from the devastating effects of the war in Syria, the real solution is to have a President committed to ending this conflict, while creating a safe place there and preventing radical Islamists from exporting that war into the United States. I look forward to working with President Trump, his new administration, and our elected Members in making significant reforms to protect all Americans and our Constitution against all enemies.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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