by Loren G. Edelstein | January 30, 2017

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on executive orders signed Friday by President Trump that suspended the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to "nationals of countries of particular concern":

"People all over the world want to visit the U.S., and the U.S. travel and tourism community strongly supports efforts to ensure that visitors to this country are unimpeachably legitimate. In doing so, it is imperative we find the right balance between security and facilitation, and we stand ready to support the administration and Congress to achieve this goal.

"We recognize the new administration's desire to review visa issuance protocols with respect to countries that have a heightened risk of terrorist activity or weak law enforcement cooperation with our government. We urge the administration to conduct this review quickly, and trust that it will yield an even more secure travel security system that protects international travelers and welcomes them into our country to conduct business and to enjoy our cities, attractions, national parks and landmarks."