Argument: Immigrant ban balances moral imperatives of security and openness

Issue Report: Trump immigration ban


Trump Facebook Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting: “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say… I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”

DHS Secretary John Kelly further enunciated this point, saying in defense of the ban: “The homeland security mission to safeguard the American people, our homeland, our values — and religious liberty is one of our most fundamental and treasured values.”

Debbie Meiners of Jacksonville, Florida said to CNN: “We love refugees, but we want only those coming here who love us and want to assimilate into our culture and way of life.”