Alabama’s senators back new Trump travel ban order

Richard Shelby and Luther Strange
President Donald Trump’s new travel ban executive order received a warm reception from Alabama’s senators this week.
U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Luther Strange praised President Donald Trump‘s revised executive order, which bar new visas being issued to travelers from six countries — Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya — for 90 days.
Shelby says he’s been a long-time supporter of “a rigorous review of our vetting process” in regards to those allowed to enter the country.

“The safety and security of the American people must be a top priority,” Shelby said in a statement. “I have always supported a rigorous review of our vetting process for those who cross our nation’s borders, and I am pleased that President Trump has appropriately modified his executive order to achieve this critical goal. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and my colleagues in Congress to keep our citizens safe from any individual seeking to enter our nation and do us harm.”

Alabama’s newest senator, who replaced Jeff Sessions, Luther Strange calls the new order “a proactive, comprehensive approach.”

“Protecting Americans and securing the homeland are solemn obligations of the President,” weighed-in Strange. “The latest executive order takes a proactive, comprehensive approach, and gives us clarity about what steps are being taken to protect our communities. I applaud the President for taking action, and I look forward to working further on keeping America free from violent terrorists.”

Trump signed the new order Monday weeks after his initial ban was put on hold by a federal judge and later upheld by an appeals court. The updated order clarifies the implementation of new U.S. visa and immigration protocol, provides resources for enhanced vetting of foreign nationals, and increases transparency in sharing these steps with the American people. It will go into effect on March 16th.