Rep. Hurd Blasts Trump's Refugee Ban
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, offered some of the strongest criticism yet from a Republican to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order that would limit immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“A one-size-fits-all solution is not the way to solve one of the most complex national security challenges we face – Islamic terrorism,” Hurd said in a statement.
Trump’s executive order indefinitely bans Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. Those seven countries are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Hurd is a former undercover CIA officer who now represents a sprawling congressional district that includes more than 800 miles of border with Mexico and stretches all the way from San Antonio to East El Paso.
Hurd said the executive order “does not make us safer.”
“Rather, it decreases the security of our homeland and endangers the lives of thousands of American men and women in our military, diplomatic corps and intelligence services,” Hurd said.
“There are almost 10,000 Americans serving in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen,” Hurd continued. “A target has been placed on their backs by increasing tensions in an already volatile region.”
Hurd said it is important for the United States to cooperate with key allies to “get the job done” in fighting terrorism.
“We cannot fight the scourge of Islamic extremism alone, and to prevent terrorists from having safe havens from which to plot, plan and train for attacks on the United States, we need to work with all our allies around the world,” he said.
Hurd said the executive order is “the ultimate display of mistrust and will erode our allies’ willingness to fight with us.”