Today, President Donald Trump issued an "Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”
President Trump also released a “Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security” focused on implementing immediate heightened screening and vetting of a variety of immigration benefits, to accompany the Executive Order.
This Executive Order will suspend the entry of nationals from the following countries:
In the Order issued on Monday, March 6, the reasons for choosing these countries is explained.
(i) Iran. Iran has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984 and continues to support various terrorist groups, including Hizballah, Hamas, and terrorist groups in Iraq. Iran has also been linked to support for al-Qa'ida and has permitted al-Qa'ida to transport funds and fighters through Iran to Syria and South Asia. Iran does not cooperate with the United States in counterterrorism efforts.
(ii) Libya. Libya is an active combat zone, with hostilities between the internationally recognized government and its rivals. In many parts of the country, security and law enforcement functions are provided by armed militias rather than state institutions. Violent extremist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have exploited these conditions to expand their presence in the country. The Libyan government provides some cooperation with the United States' counterterrorism efforts, but it is unable to secure thousands of miles of its land and maritime borders, enabling the illicit flow of weapons, migrants, and foreign terrorist fighters. The United States Embassy in Libya suspended its operations in 2014.
(iii) Somalia. Portions of Somalia have been terrorist safe havens. Al-Shabaab, an al-Qa'ida-affiliated terrorist group, has operated in the country for years and continues to plan and mount operations within Somalia and in neighboring countries. Somalia has porous borders, and most countries do not recognize Somali identity documents. The Somali government cooperates with the United States in some counterterrorism operations but does not have the capacity to sustain military pressure on or to investigate suspected terrorists.
(iv) Sudan. Sudan has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1993 because of its support for international terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas. Historically, Sudan provided safe havens for al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups to meet and train. Although Sudan's support to al-Qa'ida has ceased and it provides some cooperation with the United States' counterterrorism efforts, elements of core al-Qa'ida and ISIS-linked terrorist groups remain active in the country.
(v) Syria. Syria has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1979. The Syrian government is engaged in an ongoing military conflict against ISIS and others for control of portions of the country. At the same time, Syria continues to support other terrorist groups. It has allowed or encouraged extremists to pass through its territory to enter Iraq. ISIS continues to attract foreign fighters to Syria and to use its base in Syria to plot or encourage attacks around the globe, including in the United States. The United States Embassy in Syria suspended its operations in 2012. Syria does not cooperate with the United States' counterterrorism efforts.
(vi) Yemen. Yemen is the site of an ongoing conflict between the incumbent government and the Houthi-led opposition. Both ISIS and a second group, al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have exploited this conflict to expand their presence in Yemen and to carry out hundreds of attacks. Weapons and other materials smuggled across Yemen's porous borders are used to finance AQAP and other terrorist activities. In 2015, the United States Embassy in Yemen suspended its operations, and embassy staff were relocated out of the country. Yemen has been supportive of, but has not been able to cooperate fully with, the United States in counterterrorism efforts.
Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security John F. Kelly discussed the Executive Order, and the steps their departments are taking in order to fulfill requirements listed.
Representative Gosar announces support of President’s Executive Order protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s Executive Order protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States:
“I continue to fully support President Trump’s executive actions to strengthen our immigration and refugee screening process. It’s refreshing to see an administration that isn’t ashamed to uphold the most important Constitutional responsibility of the federal government—to protect the American people. We can no longer ignore the facts that 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 immigrants and refugees from terrorist strongholds. There is no question that the Constitution and federal law grant the president the authority to take these necessary actions which will not only protect the homeland but also safeguard refugees and legal immigrants.”
Representative Andy Biggs offers his support for the President’s new executive order on a travel ban.
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order, aimed at preventing potential terrorists from entering the United States, by issuing a 90-day travel ban for individuals from now only six nations: Syria, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya. Iraq was included in the previously-issued executive travel order but was removed after the Iraqi government committed to share additional intelligence with the United States. The order, which begins on March 16, 2017, does not invalidate current visas approved and does not explicitly apply to existing lawful permanent residents and green card holders. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:
“I commend the White House for its continued effort to strengthen and control our immigrant vetting system. President Trump understands the reality of the evolving danger this country faces and the necessity to protect the safety of all Americans. I stand with him, support his administration in these endeavors, and appreciate the clarity and conviction of this revised order.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.
Representative Grijalva commented:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement on the Trump administration’s new Muslim and refugee ban:
“Barring people based on their nation of origin or the religion they practice isn’t just a policy change – it’s a tacit admission by our new president that he is incompetent to lead in ways his predecessors were not,” Rep. Grijalva said. “And to be clear, the only difference between this Muslim ban and the last one – which was found unconstitutional by four federal judges – is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system. Regardless of how successful they are at side-stepping the judicial branch’s rightful check on executive power, they cannot implement this ban without Congressional Republicans providing funding. It remains to be seen if the GOP will stand by our Constitution, our separation of church and state, and the international order that hinges on American leadership, or if they will vote to rubberstamp this president’s hateful agenda and wrecking ball diplomacy. I will fight this Muslim ban and every other corrosive policy Trump pursues that betrays who we are as a people and leaves our nation fundamentally less safe.”