WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas released a statement Sunday evening in response to President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.
While Sen. Boozman didn’t outright say he supports the order, he said the U.S. needs better safety checks and procedures for people entering the country.
Protecting our national security must be a top priority. Our intelligence community and citizens in communities across Arkansas and the United States lack confidence in the programs we use to vet refugees fleeing from persecution and war-torn countries like Syria. We need reasonable measures that allow us to evaluate safety checks for people coming into our country. I have great confidence in Secretary Kelly and look forward to working with him to secure our borders. This is best achieved by working with Congress and the appropriate agencies to alleviate unintended consequences.
Earlier in the day, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton released a statement saying the travel ban wasn’t related to religion but rather national security.