WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”:

“Here in the United States, we are a nation of immigrants; from all parts of the world and all religions. Our diversity is our strength. However, at the same time, we absolutely must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect our homeland.

“A core function of the federal government is to ensure we keep our nation safe and secure. At a time of increased threats at home and abroad, it is important to reevaluate the quality and adequacy of the vetting processes we rely on for our refugee and visa programs. I am continuing to review the president’s order, but I am pleased that it does not include Iraqis who have supported U.S. military efforts.

“Nevertheless, we must remain mindful that the key to addressing the current humanitarian crisis is by devising and executing a strategy to destroy ISIS. With this in mind, I look forward to hearing more about the counter ISIS plan from the Trump administration and hope it better engages our allies, correctly utilizes Special Operations Forces, and includes a global approach that is required to defeat and destroy ISIS in all parts of the world.”