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Where They Stand: Congress and Trump's Executive Order on Refugees and Immigrants


President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 suspending new refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

The move stirred immediate controversy, sparking protests across the U.S. as federal authorities began enforcing the ban. WNYC, NPR and dozens of member stations, including WVXU, wanted to help the public understand where their lawmakers stand on the issue.

In Ohio, seven lawmakers are still unclear, with six opposed and five in favor of the executive order. In Kentucky, one lawmaker is listed and uncertain, one is opposed, three are in favor and three lawmakers haven't made statements on the issue. In Indiana, four lawmakers favor the order, three are opposed, three are unclear, and one has yet to say much on the issue.