Excerpt By: Washington Examiner. Written By: Philip Wegmann.
Mark Walker wasn’t in America when he made up his mind about Muslim refugees. The new chairman of the Republican Study Committee came to a conclusion while working at a crowded refugee camp in Jordan, just 15 clicks from the Syrian border.
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As a former Baptist minister, Walker says his “heart went out to these people.” As a congressman, Walker explains his duty “is to protect the people of the United States.” And he tells the Washington Examiner that neither impulse runs contrary to the Trump administration’s immigration order.
Two meetings informed the decision. The first was with officials from the U.S. State Department, who the North Carolina congressman says “pretty much guaranteed us that this vetting process had come a long way and was working much better.”