Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement on Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

WASHINGTON, January 30, 2017 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639)

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) has released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration:

"The President’s Executive Order blocking specific refugees from entering the United States and stranding visa holder around the world goes against the values of our Democracy. It was done without the consent of the Congress and in such a broad way that it trapped legal residents and separated young children from their families.

“As a law and order Democrat I believe we must adequately and extensively vet those who wish to enter the United States.  And, as the son of immigrants, I know that legal immigration is essential to the United States' place in the world and honors our values as a society. Our Government has a responsibility to our citizens, legal residents, visitors and those seeking a better life and new opportunity in America. While we must have a strong vetting process in place we cannot exclude individuals based on religion. 

“I'm glad that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly clarified Sunday night that Legal Permanent Resident's will not be negatively impacted by this order and they will follow all judicial rulings.

The House recently passed a package designed to reel in executive branch rule-making to ensure that Congress—not the White House—is setting policy. I look forward to applying our oversight authority on this and other Executive Orders."