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House Middle East Subcommittee Leaders Slam Trump's Executive Order

January 30, 2017 - 8:00am
Ted Deutch, Donald Trump and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Ted Deutch, Donald Trump and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States by refugees and emigrants from seven Muslim countries has drawn the fire of two members of the Florida delegation who lead a key congressional subcommittee. 

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the first woman to ever chair the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and currently the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, came out against Trump’s executive order on Sunday. 

"I object to the suspension of visas from the seven named countries and of the US Refugee Admissions Program because we could have accomplished our objective of keeping our homeland safe by immediate implementation of more thorough screening procedures,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “I do note, however, that at least some individuals will continue to be admitted during this suspension period on a case by case basis and that the suspension period is temporary. In no case should this order be applied to individuals to whom visas have already been issued, are already permanent legal US residents, or have already been granted refugee status.

“Both the letter and the spirit of the rule of law, on which our liberties rest, require that we honor legal commitments and procedures established by law, including existing visas and approved refugee status, absent specific articulable reasons for reversing a prior decision,” Ros-Lehtinen added. “The new administration needs to pay careful attention to crafting orders that honor existing legal commitments and existing law, in contrast to this broad brush approach which doesn't focus on the precise problems."
Ros-Lehtinen isn’t the only member of the Florida delegation focused on the Middle East to go after Trump on the matter. U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the ranking Democrat on the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, also took aim at Trump’s executive order. Deutch has worked closely with Ros-Lehtinen in recent years, standing against then President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and in supporting Israel. 

“Our nation has a proud history of welcoming refugees from around the world fleeing horrific conditions in their home countries, and escaping extreme violence and persecution to seek safety in the United States," Deutch noted at the end of last week. “In a direct attack on this proudly American value, the president’s executive order on refugees starts a period in which the United States closes its doors to the most vulnerable people, including children, seeking safety in our country. 

Our top priority is guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people, and I believe we need a thorough and comprehensive vetting process for all people seeking asylum or refuge,” Deutch added. “However, the president’s decision - to slam the door on all refugees for four months and Muslim refugees indefinitely, and to cut by more than half the number of refugees seeking safe haven this year - will leave thousands of vulnerable families and children around the world in limbo, leaving them to suffer horrific atrocities and persecution. This will mean the LGBT individual from Uganda or any country that criminalizes homosexuality, and the thousands of Baha’i, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim refugees persecuted in Iran, would continue to live in fear of persecution without any hope of being welcomed in our country where Lady Liberty’s torch will no longer light a path toward freedom.

“This executive order will not strengthen our national security, but it will leave thousands of families vulnerable to violence and suffering,” Deutch concluded. “Our nation has shut its doors to those fleeing violence before. We should not return to those days.”



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Totally agree with C Breeze!! This isn't the time to be campaigning for your next election Ted Deutch & Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen because you will lose!! This is the time to take a stand and stop being the idiots you've always been. Extreme vetting is what's needs to happen if we intend to keep our country safe. Like it or not, we can't discriminate and choose the bad guys because we don't know who they are! Unless you can point them out I suggest you get onboard. We have to have everyone go through the same process,the people that are clean will enter this country while the ones that are shady will have to stay out. That's how we protect our borders. Don't attempt to politicize this situation like Chuckie Schumer is doing because you will feel the voters wrath come the next election cycle. This is "EXACTLY" what the majority of Americans want so get with it!!!

You are both uninformed. People eligible to be considered for entry into the U.S. go through a rigorous vetting process that can take many years. We have NOT suffered from ANY terrorist acts against our country by refugees from the countries now banned. I fully support our representatives.

We do not want this speak for yourself. Ilena stand firm!

As Marie Antoinette said during the French Revolution: "Let them eat cake !" If these moronic, Floridian Congressional representatives "don't get their s..t together", during THIS "revolution",.. they are "toast" ASAP ! [COUNT ON IT !]

Whiny RINO and Demo losers ..U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla ., Obama did the same thing, NOT a PEEP. Obama wrote the Order ! Temp ban. TRUMP knows what he's doing. Saudis will pay for and put refugees in danger in a safe zone OVER THERE. DONE DEAL! Others with Visas will be vetted that come back to America. That's called double checking and smart. They aren't being denied entry unless there is a problem. After 8 yrs of a Muslim President putting the Brotherhood in the White House with his co-Hort CLINTON and Abedin Brotherhood ties and being paid off for "speeches" (really bs), we need VETTING! Obama gave Auto Citizenship to refugees from Somalia and other places from Central America. YOU people have to be kidding complaining about Trump! YOU HEARD THERE ARE FAKE VISAS BEING MADE BY ISIS for years already! Wake up. George Soros Financed Groups To Stop Trump`s Refugee Order- Paid Communist Protestors putting on the show . The American People WANT the BAN. #arrestSoros sign the petition. Geesh , what a bunch of cry babies !

Where were the objections, protests and tears when Obama issued a 6 month ban on Iraqi's entering this country in 2011? This was a result of 2 iraqi men who CLEARED immigration vetting and BO sent to live in KY. Their fingerprints were found on bombs and were planning a terrorist attack in the U.S. Where were the objections, protest and tears when Carter banned all Iraqi's from entering the U.S. in 1979 and rounded up 50,000 Iranian students in the U.S. and deported 15,000 of them? Why isn't the media admitting the list of the 7 countries named was prepared by Obama and identified as the most dangerous terrorist countries? Why don't they want to keep American safe? It should be obvious, this has NOTHING to do with the issue -- and everything to do with politics from the left.

It's just bad sensationalism... I'm not saying I entirely disagree, but what about his 5-step intense vetting process for approving visas. That should have been the centerpiece of any kind of order like this, but instead it is conspicuously absent. That what you get from the Apprentice, he's kind of learning as he goes...classic.

We have enough expired Visa holders, illegal immigrants and refugees rounding around America. We elected President Trump to gain control of these problems. Those who oppose need to be named like these two so we can vote them out of Public Service.

Then they support these: We support Rape We support Female genitalia mutilation We support beating women at will We support Raping children We support killing anyone that is not a Muslim

These are ridiculous statements. You should be ashamed of yourself!!

Repeal and Replace Trump

Hey Sparky, you are PATHETIC!

There is a process, go do it. If not then shut your pie hole.

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