A federal court has ruled against the second travel ban issued by President Trump, blocking the ban from going into effect.
U. S. Sen. Deb Fischer says she called for a pause in allowing refugees to come into this country after the mass migration of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war overwhelmed Europe.
“Because of the chaos that’s going on in an area where you don’t have the information on individuals,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “So, when you have people that are moving you need to know who they are.”
Fischer says a number of countries pose difficulties for the United States and any refugees from those countries must be thoroughly vetted before they enter the country.
President Trump has been blocked from enforcing a travel ban on select, mostly Muslim, countries. The initial ban was rejected by the courts. A revised ban has now suffered the same fate.
Fischer says the United States must uphold national security while remaining a welcoming nation.
“Nebraska especially is a very welcoming state,” according to Fischer. “I think we have the highest per capita number of refugees coming into our state, but remember all these people are vetted before they come in. The issue with Syria is there is no government to be able to vet people to find out if they are who they say they are.”
Fischer says the federal government must first consider how best to keep the country safe.
“So, while I of course believe we need to know who comes into this country, especially from these war-torn areas where it’s really hard to know, I also believe that we need to open our arms to refugees who are fleeing dangerous situations,” Fischer says. “And Nebraska, especially, has been a welcoming state.”
The 4th United States District Court of Appeals, based in Virginia, ruled against the president 10-3. The Trump administration has indicated it will appeal the federal court decision to the United States Supreme Court.