Gov. Pete Ricketts defends President Trump’s travel ban and suspension of refugee admissions while conceding it wasn’t executed well.
Ricketts says Nebraska has accepted more than its fair share of refugees the past few years.
“Previously, I had worked with other governors to express our concern about the vetting process in coming from places that are war-torn, like Syria. And what we have here is a temporary pause to take a look at that vetting process and make sure we’re doing all we can to avoid some of the problems we’ve seen, for example, in Europe where terrorists have posed as refugees to carry out terrorist attacks,” Ricketts tells reporters during a news conference on another subject.
The president’s executive order bans travel from seven primarily Muslim nations for 90 days and suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days. The nations are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Marchers have been held across the country as well as in Nebraska, protesting the action.
Ricketts says that for those who oppose the action, now might be a good time to get involved with agencies which work with the refugees already in Nebraska. The governor says Lutheran Family Services, Catholic Social Services, and Refugee Empowerment all help those refugees attempting to assimilate in Nebraska.
Ricketts considers the presidential order only a temporary move.
“Well, I think if you look at the way the executive order reads, it is a temporary halt on the process to review it and then, of course, specifically singles out nations that the Obama Administration said were specifically dangerous,” according to Ricketts. “With regard to the implementation, there’s going to be problems when you implement new systems. There’s always room for improvement.”