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Two more members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation react to executive order on immigration

Two more members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation issued statements Monday responding to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin issued this statement:

“First and foremost, we have a duty to protect our U.S. citizens and this great country.  Until we can do that with certainty, a lawful pause, much like President Obama’s pause of Iraqis in 2011, allows for a thoughtful review of our vetting process to ensure those determined to bring harm to our country are identified.  This executive order isn’t intended to keep people out, it’s intended to keep people safe.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, issued the statement below: 

“President Trump’s executive order follows through on the promises made on the campaign trail to secure our country and protect our citizens. This is not a Muslim ban, as the measure suspends all refugee admittance for 120 days and suspends the issuance of visas to nationals of seven specific countries for 90 days. Time and again terrorists have stated their intent to infiltrate refugee populations in order to spread their ideology and terror throughout the West, as has already happened in Europe. Furthermore, the pause on visa applicants for countries that Congress and the Departments of State and Homeland Security have determined as areas of concern to national security is reasonable given the unrest and state of instability in each of those countries. President Trump’s measures are temporary and will allow for the new administration to review and strengthen our immigration programs. The administration should have delayed implementation of this order so that the agencies, airlines and foreign travelers could have prepared and made arrangements in compliance, but I am confident these issues will be addressed swiftly to reduce confusion and uncertainty. The Trump administration is comprised of well-respected experts, and it is imperative that Senate Democrats immediately allow for the confirmation of his cabinet picks so that the President’s policies are well implemented. Throughout its history, the United States has been a beacon around the world for religious freedom and has welcomed those seeking refuge from persecution; our country will continue to be that beacon.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and U.S. Sen. James Lankford issued statements earlier. Read their comments here.

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell is planning to talk to a reporter from The Oklahoman later today. 

The Oklahoman has requested comments about the executive order from the other members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation. 

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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›