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Around the world, citizens of war torn countries in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), Africa (Libya, Sudan), Central & South America and others are fleeing oppression and death to reach freedom and safety. Europe is being overrun with these refugees. This experience is adding greater fuel to the already passionate immigration debate in the US by the needs of these refugees. We must remember that refugees are a portion of the immigration issue. Compassionately, the plight of refugees needs to be prioritized over all other types of immigration. Realistically, the vetting of legitimate refugees is still required, given the violent turmoil in the world, the infiltration of the extremists into the refugee population and that threats directly at the United States.

Trump Says He Is Considering Signing New Order on Immigration

2/11/17
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/10/17:

President tells reporters on Air Force One he will win court battle but is mulling other options.

President Donald Trump said Friday he was considering issuing a “brand new order” on immigration, though he said he was confident he would ultimately win a legal fight over his existing executive order on visas and refugees. “We will win that battle. The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily,” Mr. Trump said. “We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order.” The president’s statement came on the heels of a major setback Thursday night at the hands of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. That ruling upheld a lower-court decision suspending Mr. Trump’s executive order, leaving the administration with a series of less-than-ideal legal options. Mr. Trump said “it very well could be” that he signs a new executive order, adding, “We need speed for reasons of security.” Any action, he said, wouldn’t come until next week—“perhaps Monday or Tuesday”—to “honor” the appeals court’s decision, which he called “disgraceful” in a tweet earlier Thursday.

The president’s comments suggest a bifurcated strategy, in which the administration would continue to defend the legality of his existing order while also crafting another. The new order could complement the original or replace it, but it is expected to be designed to address some of the legal issues that judges have raised. Mr. Trump’s order and the courts’ response have dealt the largest setback yet to the new administration, which has already faced many protests and a declining approval rating. Mr. Trump’s next steps will serve as a significant test of his administration’s ability to push through his top priorities—particularly as he has in recent days harshly criticized members of Congress in both parties.

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