Toomey wary on how Trump order balances security, refugees

Pennsylvania’s Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration was too broad and poorly explained.

In his first public comments on it, Toomey on Monday also reserved judgment on whether the order properly balances defending Americans against terrorism and giving safe haven to refugees.

He suggests that’ll depend on how the administration enforces it, and says it’s fortunate the Trump administration clarified that the order doesn’t apply to green-card holders and that exceptions can be granted.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania criticized Trump’s order as contrary to American values and security. He says it appears driven by politics and discrimination, not by recommendations from national security professionals.

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Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro are also heavily critical of Trump’s order.

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