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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on the President’s Executive Order

March 6, 2017
Press Release

“This executive order’s rollout seems smoother and more controlled than the first rollout. The Administration has rightly made adjustments to exempt lawful permanent residents and current visa holders, eliminated the indefinite ban for Syrian refugees, and provided adequate lead time to prepare the agents who will execute the order. The new order also exempts Iraq, making it clear that our country’s national security leaders are satisfied with changes the Iraqi government made between the first order and today.

“Pausing admissions for a limited time to evaluate vetting procedures and implement new protocols is in America’s national security interest. The order includes countries that are state sponsors of terror or have unstable governments, and the FBI currently has active terror investigations into 300 already-admitted refugees. We must have confidence in the vetting procedures that FBI Director James Comey and former Homeland Security Sectary Jeh Johnson described as vulnerable to exploitation.”

-- Congressman Dan Donovan represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn in Congress. He serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.