Rep. Gosar Statement on Executive Order Temporarily Halting Admission of Refugees

For Immediate Release

Date: January 30, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily halting admission of refugees and immigrants from terrorist strongholds:

“I fully support President Trump’s Executive Order to strengthen our immigration and refugee screening process. We know for a fact that terrorists are trying to infiltrate the ranks of refugees and other visitors coming to the United States. Furthermore, leaders from the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Homeland Security have testified before Congress that they do not have the necessary resources to thoroughly vet refugees. To ignore this reality, as the Obama Administration did, would be a dereliction of duty. This temporary pause in accepting refugees and immigrants from terrorist strongholds is not only legalit is the necessary first step to positively reforming our refugee program. Above all else, this action will uphold the most important job of the federal governmentto provide for the national defense of the American people.”