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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

January 29, 2017
Press Release

"As the grandson of immigrants, I believe America has held, and must continue to hold, the longstanding tradition of welcoming those who are willing to work hard and contribute to our nation. I also believe we should have increased vetting of those entering our borders based on national security concerns. The seven countries included in the Executive Order have been identified by the State Department as risks to our national security, and I support efforts to temporarily halt travel as we work to assure the American people we’ve done everything possible to keep them safe. The issue of green card holders—legal permanent residents—being detained at airports should absolutely be addressed and corrected quickly. I am committed to ensuring the safety and security of the public, just as I am committed to upholding our generous and welcoming history as a country of immigrants.”