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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive action on immigration and refugees:

“The United States is a nation founded by immigrants and I am beyond proud to call this country home. But we are also a nation of laws. Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration we were forced to stand by and watch as individuals exploited our refugee and immigration systems without recourse.

Our laws should apply equally to everyone and should not be waived when it is convenient or fits an agenda.  I am pleased to see President Trump taking steps to enforce the rule of law and create a level playing field for every American citizen and those aspiring to be one.

Our country must continue to be that 'shining city on a hill' and welcome those who are in search of a better life, but it will cease to be so if we do not enforce the laws on the books and ensure the safety of all Americans. By working to strengthen our refugee admittance program, secure our borders and remove any criminals here illegally, we can fulfill our promise of safety to our citizens and the pursuit of the American dream for everyone.”