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James Lankford: Travel ban's consequences "not well thought out"

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 19:02:09-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford says President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration has "unintended consequences that were not well thought out."

The junior senator from Oklahoma said in a statement Sunday that Trump's staff should evaluate the policy with "an eye on both security and compassion for the refugees" fleeing war and persecution.

Lankford is a Baptist minister who sits on the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He says protecting national security and helping refugees "are not mutually exclusive" goals.

Oklahoma's senior senator, Republican Jim Inhofe, has not yet commented on the travel ban.

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