Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of Virginia’s 10th congressional district is among a group of GOP lawmakers distancing themselves from president Donald Trump’s Jan.27 executive order of a temporary travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Comstock, who’s district includes all of Loudoun County, released a statement condemning the executive order, which has resulted in large protests nationwide.
“The President’s Executive Order issued yesterday went beyond the increased vetting actions that congress has supported on a bipartisan basis and inexplicably applied to green card holders, people who are legally within our county who have followed the rules,” Comstock said through the statement. “Green card holders go through a detailed legal process and are vetted. They are required to register with the selective service – and many serve in the military. They pay taxes. I find it hard to believe that green card holders – legal permanent residents – were intended to be included in this Executive Order.”
“This should be addressed and corrected expeditiously,” she said.
The Trump Administration has defended the order as a necessary action for national security, but even supporters have questioned the implementation. The Administration released conflicting reports about whether or not citizens and green card holders will be allowed into the country, though the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Jan. 30 that green card holders would be allowed in the country. The order has left some travelers in the impacted countries detained in airports, including green card holders.
Comstock spoke against the order Jan. 29 at interfaith Holocaust remembrance event at the ADAMS center in Sterling.
“I think it’s very clear by the comments we heard from the Administration this morning, from what the response has been but also the people who have been caught up in it, green card holders, permanent legal residents, people who are interpreters, people who are helping our soldiers, people who are putting their own life at risk in another country who are coming here because we wanted to thank them and have them here because they endangered their lives and families in order to help our soldiers or to help our country, so certainly those people should not be caught up in this,” Comstock said.
She joins a list of at least a dozen fellow Republicans in the House and Senate, including Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Orrin Hatch (R – Utah).
Comstock distanced herself from Trump during the 2016 campaign season and formally repudiated him following the release of a video tape showing Trump making sexually explicit comments before he was a candidate for president. The second-term representative also spoke out against the Trump Administration’s federal hiring freeze last week.