Senator Ben Sasse: "...This Order Is Too Broad."

Senator Ben Sasse, (R) Nebraska, says he applauds the overall objective of President Trump's recent executive order on refugees, but it is "too broad." (Courtesy photo)
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January 31, 2017 - 11:22am

Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska says he applauds the overall objective of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending immigration for citizens from seven countries. 


In an interview with NET News, Sasse says the president is right to want to talk about, and take action on, border security.  He calls the order “too broad,” though, adding we can’t “send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis.”

President Trump's executive order temporarily curtailed the U.S. refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.

"I want to be clear, the president's executive order is being misrepresented in a lot of place in social media as a Muslim ban. It's not that because all of the biggest Muslim countries aren't even on the list," Sasse said.  "But what it did because of it's 'clunkiness' is set up an ability for a lot of the terror recruiters to pretend that this is a Muslim ban.  And we need to do a better job in our implementation of not giving them that tool in their toolkit."

Sasse says he’s glad to see the administration is already revisiting parts of the order he considers too broad.

Editor's Note:  Listen to the NET News interview with Senator Ben Sasse by clicking on the audio above.

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