Sec. Kelly To Meet With Lawmakers Over Trump Refugee Order

Kerry Picket Political Reporter

WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly is expected to meet with top House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s executive order relating to the ban on refugees coming from seven specified majority Islamic nations.

According to several reports, those invited to the meeting include House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and other lawmakers who head up committees the refugee order will touch.

The meeting on the hill with members happened after Democrats sent a letter, first obtained by Politico, to Kelly demanding a meeting with him after the refugee executive order went out last Friday.

“As ranking members of the committees of jurisdiction for matters of immigration, border security, and admission of refugees, we write to you on an emergency basis to request a meeting to discuss the implementation and guidance concerning the Executive Order,” the letter read.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Sec. Kelly Saturday by phone and asked the administration to withdraw the order.

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