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Upton Statement on President’s Executive Order on Immigration

Washington, January 30, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039)

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, after careful consideration of the facts, today released the following statement:

“I fully support strengthening our screening processes and securing our borders, but this Executive Order needs to be scaled back. It has created real confusion for travelers and those who enforce the laws. I have heard from a number of local folks with valid concerns for themselves or loved ones as well from global companies that have legitimate worries relating to the international travel of their employees. A wiser course would have been to work with Congress to ensure that all visitors to our nation are properly vetted with appropriate documentation. Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for common-sense, bipartisan policies that protect America but also stay true to our values.”

Background: In late 2015, Upton openly rejected calls for a travel ban based on religion. 

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