Congressman Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) was the latest member of the New Jersey federal delegation to weigh in on President Trump’s travel ban on Monday, defending the newly-minted commander-in-chief and his executive order despite harboring some reservations concerning the actual implementation.
“Our process for vetting refugees has been dangerously flawed and must be fixed. We must be right every time because our enemies only need for us to be wrong once,” said Congressman MacArthur. “The President’s first responsibility is to keep Americans safe, and while I believe this could have been implemented better, I applaud him for acting. Our new president deserves the chance to make our country safer and I will work in Congress to help the Administration settle on a long-term fix that protects our people and our values.”
MacArthur’s position echos those of other Republicans congressmen, including fellow South Jerseyans Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), all in the face of a media-led backlash which reached a fever pitch on Monday evening when Trump was forced to fire his acting attorney general (an Obama holdover) for publicly refusing to defend his executive order.