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New Hampshire delegation: Revised travel ban about politics

  • Syrian refugee Mahmoud Mansour, 43, is shown in this photo, taken Monday, March 6, 2017, in Amman, with his daughters Ruba, 9, and Sahar, 3. Mansour, who has been undergoing vetting for resettlement to the U.S. for the past year, says he was devastated by President Donald Trump's travel ban and remains confused about how the revised version could affect his hopes for future in the U.S. (AP Photo/Karin Laub)



Associated Press
Monday, March 06, 2017

New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation said Monday that changes to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban still left them feeling as if it was more about politics than security.

Sen. Maggie Hassan said she supported improving the vetting process but didn’t believe the revised ban would achieve that. She noted that the Department of Homeland Security’s “own analysis showed no intelligence basis for the ban, and former defense and intelligence officials from both parties have said that the ban would make us less safe.”

“Despite the changes, this is just another attempt by the Trump Administration at a backdoor Muslim ban – with Trump’s own advisers admitting that the goals are the same as his previous executive order,” Hassan said in a statement.

The Republican president on Monday released a new version of the temporary ban that he revised after a federal judge blocked his old one last month. The new version still bars new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shuts down the U.S. refugee program. It leaves Iraq off the list but affects people from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya. It goes into effect March 16.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who met with an Iraqi refugee and his family at their grocery store in Manchester on Monday, said, “Arbitrarily imposing travel restrictions on certain Muslim-majority countries only makes us less safe by reinforcing terrorist propaganda and recruitment.”

“President Trump is recklessly pursuing a campaign promise at the expense of fundamental American values and our safety,” Shaheen said. “The Trump administration’s decision to delay this revised ban in order to maximize positive press coverage sends a clear message that this directive is about politics, not national security.”

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter called the revised ban “outrageous, immoral, and unconstitutional” while Rep. Annie Kuster said the ban “does nothing to improve the safety of the American people.”

“Our nation should serve as a beacon of hope around the world and this misguided Executive Action will alienate the very people who we need as our partners in the battle against global terrorism,” she said. “We can maintain our security through thorough and stringent vetting without forfeiting our values.”