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Dem. Senator Who Once Supported Refugee Halt Now Opposes It

Senator Maggie Hassan supported a complete halt of refugees from Syria entering the United States while she was Governor of New Hampshire now she opposes President Trump’s executive action.

Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) supported a complete halt of refugees from Syria entering the United States while she was Governor of New Hampshire and a candidate for the United States Senate.

In a statement from November 2015, Hassan’s office said:

“The Governor believes that the federal government should halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees, including those from Syria, is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people.”

Over the weekend President Trump issued an executive action to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, which includes Syria. That move prompted protests across the United States.

Hassan announced her opposition to Trump’s executive action on Saturday, tweeting out:

On Monday, WMUR‘s John DiStaso asked Hassan is she still supported the Syrian refugee ban that she backed as Governor and a candidate. Hassan’s office issued two statements on the prohibition, seemingly wanting to have it both ways: