Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Statement on President Trump’s Action on National Security

Jan 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent action on national security:

“President Trump made clear that keeping America safe is a top priority for his Administration, and it is refreshing to see that he is willing to take swift and decisive action to achieve that goal.  And, while the rollout of his executive action could have gone more smoothly, I believe most Americans, and particularly the East Texans I represent, would agree that it’s just common sense to take a closer look at people trying to enter the U.S. from nations with broad terrorist networks.

“In fact, more than a year ago Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a bill that placed a higher threshold for entry into our nation.  The legislation blocked people who have traveled since 2011 to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria from entering the United States through our Visa Waiver Program—no matter their country of citizenship.  Several months later, the Obama Administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to that list.  These seven countries, are the exact same countries included in President Trump’s executive order.  And, while critics claim this temporary pause in immigration amounts to a Muslim ban, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, more than 40 countries with Muslim majorities were not included on President Trump’s list at all.

“America is a nation of immigrants, and should continue to be. Although we can’t take in the world, we should strive to find places for people who come here legally, seeking freedom and opportunity.  But, we need to make sure those seeking to come to America mean us no harm. 

“In the coming days and weeks, Congress should exercise its responsibility to take a careful look at the underlying policies to ensure they are effective in achieving the goal of making America safer and preventing terrorists from coming to our shores.”