President Donald Trump signed a revised version of his travel ban prohibiting new visas for citizens from six Middle Eastern countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Richland Parish Congressman Ralph Abraham supports the revised travel order.
“We have to protect American citizens first. Certainly there are some nefarious people that want to do some very bad things to us as American citizens and we have to be very guarded.”
Executive director of the Louisiana ACLU Marjorie Esman remains skeptical of the president’s intentions.
“If it’s that much of a crisis for national security, you wouldn’t have a phase-in, you would do it right away if you’re concerned that people who are going to be threats are coming in.”
Abraham says America has to be very cautious these days. He says he disagrees with those who support open borders because we need to protect our country first.
“This is where we have to watch ourselves and if we don’t we will be attacked again and again and again.”
But Esman says the president issued an order that indirectly bans Muslims from entering the country. She says keeping members of that religion out of the United States is Trump’s priority.
“Given what he has said his goal is, we can assume that that’s what this means and we’ll just have to wait and see what actually happens.”