McAuliffe Decries Immigration Ban at Dulles Airport

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.

6 thoughts on “McAuliffe Decries Immigration Ban at Dulles Airport

  • 2017-01-29 at 5:18 pm
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    “On behalf of the people of Virginia, I urge President Trump and… Blah blah blah…” Nobody cares what you say or think Gov. 47% (21% of the eligible vote). This corruption machine is upset because enforcing already existing law likely cuts in on his ‘Visa’s for Sale’ scam.

    Remember — it was just last fall that state democrats were strongly pushing for a “No Fly List” with ZERO Due Process protections. Indeed, democrats were absolutely giddy at the prospect of placing people on government blacklists, stripping them of their rights, with no recourse to ever know why; face any accuser in court; or to even get a court hearing at all. Nothing at all — you were on their secret list. End of story.
    Singing a whole different tune these days, ain’t they?

    We’re supposed to believe this sudden fake outrage? Keep it up democrat politicians; keep on running those yaps. Please.

  • 2017-01-30 at 3:17 pm
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    Frankly I whole heartedly support President Trump’s temporary pause while proper vetting processes are established. Unlike Gov. McAuliffe, I live quite close to Dulles Airport and I’m thrilled to know that passengers coming from countries that support terrorism won’t be passing through so close to my home.

  • 2017-01-30 at 3:19 pm
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    There was some planning in what President Obama wanted to do and what has been done now. I note that the NRA Republicans did not want to keep those on the No Fly list from acquiring weapons in the USA (that was smart wasn’t it?)It has been learned that the Sec Def and head of Homeland Security were not even consulted on this ill-conceived plan.

    How can you keep people with Green cards out of the country? How can you target entire countries(unlawful) when you do not have one terrorist who committed a crime in this country from those targeted countries. Also, how can you then leave off Saudi Arabia when nine of the high jackers who crashed planes into buildings in New York and at the Pentagon where I was working on 911 but then put in Iraq where our soldiers and Iraq soldiers are fighting side by side? The was a case of “A Solution looking for a Problem”

  • 2017-01-30 at 5:26 pm
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    You make some valid points Mr. Fasolo. No reasonable person will deny it. However, you appear to be standing by a policy which strips Americans of their civil rights and Due Process protections.

    I’m sure you wouldn’t be in favor of individuals, unknowingly, being added to a government blacklist, with no idea of how, why, or who determined they should be added to said blacklist. Most often it is Americans with like sounding/spelled names who fall prey to inclusion on these lists (there are quite a few lists). These people have little, or no recourse to contest their inclusion, much less ever face their accuser in any court. It appears that no known, or at least public court, actually has any say as to who is included on these lists. They are simply on it, and that’s just too bad.

    People.. put on a secret government list, accused of who knows what, by nobody knows who, convicted of nothing in a court of law, with no adjudication, stripped of their freedoms.
    I doubt you really want to stand for such things when you really consider it.

    As bad as that is, we have democrats state reps and senators who want to pile on and strip anyone on this secret government list of exercising their constitutional rights.
    Mr. Fasolo, I’m confident you are aware with our Due Process protections as guaranteed in the U.S. and Commonwealth constitutions. I’m willing to bet you are adamant that all citizens be afforded these Due Process protections. Shockingly, state level democrats support stripping Virginians of Due Process. That’s wrong. I’ll risk betting that you agree it’s wrong.

    Now, we see these very same Virginia democrat politicians — who just a few short months ago wanted to strip us of Due Process — rushing to the cameras to bemoan the federal government actually enforcing existing law. That doesn’t strike you as incoherent?
    Tell me, how many individuals who were temporarily detained over the weekend, remain so? I believe rthe number is zero. Unlike what our own politicians want to inflict on us, these folks had at least a process to go by.

    It’s all one big show. Does anyone actually believe these politicians give two patooy’s about people being vetted before entry into our country? A reasonable person knows full well, it’s all a show.

  • 2017-01-30 at 6:36 pm
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    Great comments, Chris. Oh, how quickly the political class turns its twisted logic.

  • 2017-02-01 at 12:05 am
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    Look at the video of the Iranian Ayatollah leading thousands of Iranians in a “death to America ” chant and ask yourself if all Iranians should be allowed to enter America at will.

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