La. public officials offer mixed reactions to Trump's executive order on immigration

La. public officials offer mixed reactions to Trump's executive order on immigration

WASHINGTON, DC (WAFB/AP) - Many Louisiana officials are commenting on President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement in response to Trump's executive order on immigration, saying he and the caucus will stand against the order and continue to urge the president to reconsider. The statement is below:

This unjust, counterproductive, and immoral Executive Order violates the U.S. Constitution and goes against our fundamental values. This is not only my opinion, but the view of attorneys general across the country. President Trump's ban has shut the door on many of our allies, including brave men and women who have risked their lives to work with American troops.

Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy released the following statement Monday, supporting Trump's order:

I know many physicians from these countries who provide vital healthcare services to fellow Americans. Some are naturalized citizens and some permanent residents with green cards. Often times they work in rural areas or inner cities where there are no other doctors. Their ability to return freely to the United States after traveling is important to their patients, neighbors and families. Although I speak of doctors, there are others just as important. I am pleased to see that this order is being refined to address this and I look forward to it being further refined. Our nation's security and our Constitution can be respected simultaneously.

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Congressman Clay Higgins, representative for Louisiana's third district, and also a Republican, talked to KATC-TV in Lafayette.

Radical Islamic Terror should not be a partisan concern. The President's executive order for a short-term restriction on visa entry from 7 countries... that are known to foster terrorists... combined with a systematic review of our immigration and vetting procedure, is reasonable.

Some others in Washington are expressing concerns about the executive order cracking down on immigration.

GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina said in a joint statement that "the manner in which these measures were crafted and implemented have greatly contributed to the confusion, anxiety and uncertainty of the last few days."

Senator John Kennedy released the following statement Monday, saying:

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. As a sovereign country, America has the right to control its border. I support the following rule: If you want to come to America, you have to be rigorously vetted to make sure you are not a terrorist, regardless of your religion or country of origin. If you can't be vetted, or you fail the vetting, you can't come. It would be stupid to let people who want to hurt us into our country. If you have been properly vetted, i.e., you have a legal immigration status such as a green card, you should be allowed in, as the White House clarified this weekend.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania added that while he supports increased vetting, "Unfortunately, the initial executive order was flawed - it was too broad and poorly explained."

Congressman Garret Graves had this to say in response to the order:

America is a nation of immigrants. I am proud of my heritage and appreciate the contributions our forefathers, but the future greatness of the United States depends upon the safety and security of Americans today. We have two choices: we can put appropriate safeguards and protections in place to prevent future attacks or we can continue to react by putting safeguards in place after the next 9-11, San Bernardino, or Orlando-style attack. The recent actions by the Administration should not be a shock to anyone – they were routinely discussed during his campaign.

Universities in the area are also expressing their thoughts on Trump's executive order.

Southern University released this statement Monday:

At this time, no international students enrolled at Southern University have been affected by President Donald Trump's executive orders limiting the admission and travel of foreign nationals from seven countries to the U.S. The University is monitoring any developments related to the executive orders on foreign travel and will continue providing our international students with information and any assistance needed.

LSU President F. King Alexander has also released a statement in response to Trump's immigration ban, expressing his concerns about the policy. The statement reads:

Last week's Presidential Executive Order affecting the ability of individuals from certain nations to enter the United States has caused significant alarm within the higher education community. Please know that LSU is monitoring the issue and we are engaged with governmental leaders to ensure the protection of our students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to provide updates to potentially affected students and employees based on the latest available information.

And Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas stated that he supports thorough vetting, but does not support restricting the rights of lawful permanent residents. Moran added, "Furthermore, far-reaching national security policy should always be devised in consultation with Congress and relevant government agencies."

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