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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Seeks Answers on President Trump’s Executive Order

Jan 31, 2017
Press Release
Calls on Department of Homeland Security to lay out how travel ban impacts Minnesotans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inquiring into how the executive order (EO) President Trump issued last Friday impacts Minnesotans.

On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order banning travel to the United States from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission from those nations for 120 days. In the wake this order, Rep. Walz visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport (MSP) yesterday morning in the hope of learning more about how the President’s order impacts Minnesotans. Upon arrival at the office, he was told by local CBP national security professionals that they had been ordered not to speak with him. As a result, Rep. Walz sent a letter to DHS requesting it address his concerns and those of his constituents.

“The safety and security of the American people is our highest national imperative,” Rep. Walz wrote before laying out questions for DHS to answer. “However, President Trump’s EO puts our men and women in uniform at greater risk and fundamentally contradicts our nation’s values… This type of blanket discrimination is shameful and morally reprehensible. It’s not who we are as Americans.”

In part, Rep. Walz’s inquiry focuses on the details of CBP’s practices at MSP following the EO, as well as considerations involving lawful permanent residents (LPRs), dual citizens, green card holders, visa holders and others with lawful status.

To view the questions Rep. Walz posed to DHS regarding how President Trump’s EO impacts Minnesotans, please click here to read the full letter.

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