- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is urging President Donald Trump to rescind his executive order temporarily banning refugees.

Hickenlooper said Monday the order serves as “a powerful recruiting tool” for the U.S.’ enemies because it bans nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. He also says it needlessly antagonizes U.S. allies.

Trump says the U.S. must protect itself against extremists looking to attack Americans and U.S. interests.

Hickenlooper said that the U.S. must work to screen refugees as thoroughly as possible. But in a statement, he said that refugees coming here already undergo “the world’s toughest vetting program.”

The Democratic governor also said a “vast majority” of refugees admitted to the U.S. are families, especially women and children.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide