Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Republican House Members from N.J. Question Trump's Order on Refugees

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Republican House Members from N.J. Question Trump's Order on Refugees

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"The hasty execution of such efforts ... created widespread confusion, frustration and misrepresentation of what America stands for."

Frank Lobiondo

member of house intelligence committee

Three of the five Republicans in New Jersey's delegation in Congress are criticizing the way President Donald Trump's administration handled an executive order freezing refugee admissions and immigration from seven Muslim-dominated countries. But the three -- Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen of Harding Township, Leonard Lance of Hunterdon County and Frank LoBiondo of Atlantic County -- stopped short on Monday of calling for the order to be reversed.

The order was praised by Republican Rep. Thomas MacArthur of Ocean County, who called the process for vetting refugees "dangerously flawed."

"The president's first responsibility is to keep Americans safe, and while I believe this could have been implemented better, I applaud him for acting," MacArthur said.

Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from Mercer County, did not respond to requests for comment, but Democrats in the Senate and House were more pointed in their opposition and several were plotting strategy about how to respond.

Trump's order on Friday suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and banned all immigrants for 90 days from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. He also ordered his administration to develop "extreme vetting" measures for immigrants from those countries to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States

Lance, who was re-elected in November even as Democrat Hillary Clinton won his district, said on Facebook on Saturday that while he supports increased vetting, Trump's ban "appears rushed and poorly implemented. …

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