As border agents and airlines begin the implementation of President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order placing a temporary immigration ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring stopped at Dulles Airport this afternoon to join the criticism of the action.
“I am outraged and disappointed by the actions President Trump has taken to ban travelers from certain Muslim nations and to close our country to families seeking refuge from persecution. This executive order is antithetical to the values that make America great, and it will make our country less safe,“ the governor said in his statement.
McAuliffe told reporters at the airport that he supported strong vetting to prevent likely terrorists from entering the United States, but said Trump’s order goes too far and warned that the policy could breed hatred toward America.
“On behalf of the people of Virginia, I urge President Trump and leaders in Washington to reverse this policy and restore our nation to its place as a beacon of opportunity for all. In the meantime, my administration will work with Attorney General Mark Herring to identify any and all legal steps we can take to oppose this dangerous and divisive policy,” McAuliffe stated.