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Congressman Black Statement on Trump Administration’s Immigration and Refugee Vetting Policy

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order pausing refugee resettlement and temporarily prohibiting travel to the United States for individuals from terrorist hot spots:

“The first duty of the federal government is the defense of the homeland and the security of our borders. Our commitment to be the beacon of freedom also compels us to open our arms to those who yearn for liberty and safety from tyrants and persecution abroad. These imperatives are compatible and we can live up to them both. We should insist upon the most careful and cautious vetting possible for refugees from failed states and hostile nations and I commend the President for taking this duty seriously after the failures of the Obama administration. ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorists must be defeated and we cannot allow them to use our love of liberty against us. I am hopeful and confident that the Administration, with the advice of the Congress, will properly flesh out the operational details of the best way to protect our citizens, protect our borders, protect our allies, and protect our legitimate guests who seek to make our nation stronger,” said Congressman Diane Black.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Interim Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.