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As California Democrats blast Trump's refugee order, Republicans in the congressional delegation hold their fire

Only a few of the state's 14 Republican representatives have publicly commented on an executive order signed by President Trump on Friday that barred refugees and green card holders from seven countries from entering the U.S.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) released a statement Sunday night saying some tweaks are needed, but his background as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee leads him to support the executive order.

"In light of attempts by jihadist groups to infiltrate fighters into refugee flows to the West, along with Europe’s tragic experience coping with this problem, the Trump administration’s executive order on refugees is a common-sense security measure to prevent terror attacks on the homeland. While accommodations should be made for green card holders and those who’ve assisted the U.S. armed forces, this is a useful temporary measure on seven nations of concern until we can verify who is entering the United States," he said.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) told the Washington Post that "pausing the intake of refugees from terror hotspots is the right call to keep America safe," but he hopes the cases of people traveling on visas who were prevented from reentering the country are resolved quickly.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said on Twitter on Sunday that the rollout has created confusion, and that executive orders aren't the way to fix the country's long-term problems.

Several of California's 38 Democratic congressional representatives and the state's two senators were out in force over the weekend demanding the release of refugees and green card holders, and an end to the executive order.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced two pieces of legislation she'll file in response. One would immediately rescind the president's order. The second would limit executive authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent a president from unilaterally banning groups of immigrants.

“It’s clear that the president gave little consideration to the chaos and heartbreak that would result from this order," she said in a statement.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) joined protesters outside the White House Sunday afternoon.

In Los Angeles, Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) joined protesters at Los Angeles International Airport. On Saturday, Reps. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro) and Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) joined the initial protests at the airport, and worked to get some of those being held released.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) accompanied protesters at San Francisco International Airport Sunday.

2:31 p.m. Jan. 30: This post was updated to clarify Rep. Ed Royce's statement about the executive order. It was originally published Jan. 29.

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