GOP Senator: Trump doesn’t need travel ban

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In a Sunday appearance on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asserted that President Trump can implement extreme vetting measures without the courts approving his executive order suspending travel from six Muslim-majority countries.

“My view is the president does have certainly the right to put in place extreme vetting,” Blunt said. “I think you can do that without a travel ban.”

When discussing Saturday’s deadly terror attacks in London, Blunt noted that the United States has worked diligently to prevent similar incidents from occurring on U.S. soil.  “We constantly have to be vigilant,” Blunt said. “And I think Secretary Kelly is right when he says it’s only because we have been fortunate, and have worked hard to prevent this, have we not had these kind of attacks here.”

Blunt claimed that he is not concerned about the U.S visa waiver program, adding that it allows immigration officials to “spend more time on the people you have reason to believe may have been in Libya, may have been in Syria, may have become radicalized.”

Blunt also remarked upon some of the alleged causes of terrorism, explaining how families migrated to Europe for jobs, but never fully integrated in the host society, leaving the second generation of immigrants feeling isolated and vulnerable to being radicalized.

Our own Dennis Michael Lynch has said in the past that a travel ban from six countries is not the answer to safer screenings.  According to DML, the only way to ensure the safety of Americans is to slow down immigration altogether. “By slowing down the immigration process, which means taking in far less people than we do today, we give DHS and immigration officials time to do a better job screening the people who are coming into the country.”  Currently, the U.S. accepts more than 1,000,000 immigrants legally each year.

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