FAX TO REP DEUTSCH, SEN BILL NELSON AND SEN MARCO RUBIO
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Representative Ted Deutch
U.S. House of Representatives, 1024 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Deutch,
I enthusiastically support the new executive order to cap refugee admissions at 50,000 a year. That was the recommendation of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, chaired by the late Barbara Jordan. It's about time we took their advice.
The last bipartisan commission on immigration reform, chaired by the late-Civil Rights icon, Barbara Jordan, recommended that refugee admissions be capped at 50,000 per year. The Trump executive order does this after a short pause of the program to review the vetting process. The FBI Director, James Comey, and former DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, both said publicly that foreign terrorists who wish to do harm to the United States were trying to infiltrate the refugee resettlement program. It only makes sense that the new administration take time to review the refugee admissions process.
Trump's order also hits the pause button on the entry of non-citizens from 7 countries that were identified by the Obama Administration as hotbeds for terror. Again, this 90-day pause allows time for the new administration to review the admissions process for non-citizens. DHS Secretary John Kelly made it clear in a statement issued on Jan. 29 that current green card holders who are citizens of one of these 7 countries will not be denied entry unless it's determined that they pose a grave threat to the United States.
By reviewing the refugee resettlement program and pausing the entry process for some foreign visitors, I believe that Pres. Trump is taking reasonable steps to protect the homeland from foreign terror threats, while also ensuring the refugee resettlement program is operating in a way that helps the most amount of people. I urge you to support his efforts.
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