Republican candidate for governor Denver Riggleman came out in support Monday of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration.
The order blocks citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, bans all refugees admissions for 120 days and all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The seven listed countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
“The policy issue of a 90-day vetting period, or a 90-day period to figure out processes, was the right thing to do on the analytical side,” Riggleman said.
The former counter-terrorism intelligence officer and owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County believes the order is about testing new technology, not a religion.
“This is obviously not a Muslim ban,” Riggleman said. “Ninety days that is a typical test and evaluation period for a new technology, usually takes about 30 days to deploy after that. I’m wondering if there’s a technology roll out we’re going to look at that increases the proficiency of processing time for refugees.”
The seven countries listed in the order have produced zero deadly terrorist attacks since the 9/11 attacks, but Riggleman said they were chosen correctly.
“I’ve been in the business [for 15 years],” he said. “Those seven countries, as far as their data and their infrastructures, have been awful for years. I think it’s a good time for a reset.”
However, Riggleman does not agree with any action that stops immigrants with valid green cards from re-entering the United States, and he wants clarity from the White House.
“I think they had a great policy and they needed to execute, but I think they fumbled the ball on second down and barely recovered it,” he said. “Let’s make sure the people that are already vetted can come back into the country that they live in, that they are making a living in.”
Riggleman said the restriction period should result in a technology that benefits refugees and allows more of them to safely enter the country.
“I do believe that this country is a country of immigrants,” he said. “And after we do this reset, we better darn-well be allowing refugees back into this country because I believe that is what America is all about.”
This article originally appeared at Newsplex.