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Walz calls immigration restrictions 'morally reprehensible'

Democrats in Minnesota’s congressional delegation are condemning President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration.

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Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation are condemning President Trump's recent executive order on immigration.

On Friday, the Republican president signed an executive order restricting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The order also bars Syrian refugees from coming to the country and suspends all other refugee admissions for 120 days.

First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz issued a statement Sunday blasting Trump's executive order, calling it "morally reprehensible."

Walz said, "By unilaterally shutting America's door on those fleeing war and persecution in hope of a better life in the United States, we break the promise of our fundamental principle: that our nation is enriched by those who come from different lands, who bring their talents, their hopes and their hunger for freedom."

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar also criticized the president's actions.


"The president's executive order is already having devastating consequences, as legal residents with green cards, refugees fleeing violence, and travelers with visas are being denied entry to the United States and some are being detained in airports. Together, lawmakers and the American people must make it clear to the president that separating families and punishing those who followed the rules is not acceptable," Klobuchar said.

Trump's executive order does have support among a number of Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

"Our number one responsibility is to protect the homeland. We are a compassionate nation, and I support the refugee resettlement program, but it's time to reevaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process. This is why we passed bipartisan legislation in the wake of the Paris attacks to pause the intake of refugees. President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country," Ryan said in a statement.

Also praising Trump's actions is Republican 1st District candidate Jim Hagedorn. He issued a statement saying he spoke out in favor of a refugee resettlement time out before Trump did on the campaign trail.

"I understand that the first responsibility of a member of Congress is to defend the United States and protect the American people. Today's executive action is just the first of many, many border security and immigration initiatives that must be implemented to keep America safe from radical Islamists," Hagedorn said in a statement.

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