Localizing the story about the Trump Administration’s decision not to limit refugee admissions to the U.S. for the remainder of this fiscal year has sparked outrage from Republicans in Congress, who say the administration is failing to live up to its commitment to the American people and its own national security.
“You will be disappointed if you get out of this alive, but you will not be able to live long,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
“This is the last gasp of a failed presidency.
You have to be able now to focus on the real issue at hand, which is keeping the country safe.”
Jordan is one of the many Republican lawmakers who are calling for the Trump White House to abandon its refugee plan, a move that would give the administration a major boost in the long-running refugee resettlement crisis.
“It’s not going to be easy for them to get it done,” Jordan said of the Trump team.
“They’re going to have to go through a lot of internal discussions and they’re going, ‘Let’s get this done and it’s going to help us to get the job done.'”
On Monday, the Trump campaign sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R‐KY) saying the president was “under no illusion that these refugees are going to make a difference in our country.”
Ryan and McConnell sent a joint letter to Trump last week saying the administration should not make any refugee decisions based on the demographics of the countries in which they are resettling.
Ryan said in a statement to the Washington Post that he has been a “long time advocate” for refugees and said that the Trump camp “should be very cautious about doing this without a full and accurate assessment of the actual impact on the refugees and their communities in the country.”
“We cannot allow this president to disregard the American experience and the American way,” Ryan said.
“The president should respect the law, which requires us to assess the refugee situation in our own country.
He should understand the impact of the decisions he makes and be transparent about his reasoning for them.”
But many Democrats, who have been a vocal critic of Trump, say that the administration’s refusal to limit the refugee population is a major failure and that the refugee resettlement is a critical part of the U,S.
“This president is clearly a master manipulator.
He is a master of political games,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) told the Associated Press.
“If he is serious about getting rid of the refugee program, he should immediately reverse course and let the refugees in the U., with no strings attached, to come here to the United States.
That would be the right thing to do.”