WASHINGTON - Representatives Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn issued separate statements Monday saying that the federal government's number one job is keeping America safe.
Tipton serves in the 3rd congressional district, including Pueblo, and Lamborn serves the 5th congressional district, including Colorado Springs.
While their statements were generally supportive of the administration's policy, both Congressmen expressed concerns that the rights of people who hold green cards and visas are not violated. Lamborn noted that over the weekend, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that green card holders are not affected.
Lamborn took aim at the media in his statement, saying "Rather than being influenced by one-sided media narratives, it is important to remember that President Obama also implemented temporary refugee and visa restrictions for national security purposes."
The seven countries affected by the ban are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.
Of particular concern to some is Syria, where a civil war and refugee crisis are ongoing. To that end, Tipton wrote in his statement "Last year, top national security advisors under the Obama administration told Congress that they do not have the ability to verify the identities of refugees fleeing Syria for the United States. Until we have this ability, I do not think it is unreasonable to halt resettlement."