The following is a brief article about President Trump’s Refugee Executive order, illustrating points that the reader should be able to use when having a conversation with if liberal, if it comes to that.
According to National Review, the order does the following:
- Temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the vetting process.
- Caps refugee admissions at 50,000 per year.
- The order imposes a temporary 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. These are countries either torn apart by jihadist violence or under the control of hostile, jihadist governments.
- The ban is in place while the Department of Homeland Security determines the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public safety threat.
- Included in the ban is an important exception that Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked. Hopefully this would allow interpreters and other proven allies to enter the U.S. during the 90-day period.
- The president’s order also puts an indefinite hold on admission of Syrian refugees to the U.S. until such time as it is determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest. This is largely a return to the order the Obama administration had in place from 2011 to 2014, virtually slamming the door on Syrian refugee admissions.
- President Trump also issued a directive to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”
According to theconservativetreehouse.com, there are two aspects to the Trump refugee executive order.
- One aspect pertains to a 120-day pause on Syrian refugees.
- The second aspect pertains to a 90-day pause on visas for seven countries outlined as “nations of concern” by prior law and Obama’s DHS policy.
Against the reality of President Trump simply following an almost identical refugee pause process as did Barack Obama in 2011, the media are twisting in the wind trying to make Trump into the evil persona they believe he is while maintaining that former President Obama is a saint. Obama put a six month ban on Iraqi refugees in 2011 and the media was silent, while Trump puts a 120-day suspension on Syrian refugees in 2017 and the media explodes. Furthermore, Obama selects seven countries for enhanced visa security policy and the media is silent while President Trump uses the same Obama DHS policy and the same seven countries for a 90-day visa suspension and the media explodes.
According to the New York Times, a growing group of Republican lawmakers criticized the president’s refugee policy. On Sunday, January 29, certain Republicans said the process, while initiated with the right intention, had been too hastily enacted, and warned that it could backfire against U.S. interests. Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, led the criticism, saying in a statement that the president’s order was not properly vetted and that it could be seen as the United States turning its back on Muslims who had risked their lives to serve as interpreters for the country’s military and diplomats.
McCain said the plan was carried out without proper consultation of United States allies and that it mistakenly lumped together the country’s adversaries such as Iran, with allies like Iraq. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that while he supported stronger screening, the order had been poorly implanted, especially for green card holders.
Democrats didn’t waste any time in displaying their dislike of the refugee executive order by showing up in airports across the country. Obviously, these protestors didn’t bother to study the aspects of the order, having only a desire to protest the new president and inconvenience as many travelers as possible. Had there not been protests by Trump haters, carrying on their vows resist anything this president accomplishes, would those who needed to be detained for additional questions been able to get through the process with additional expedience?
One also has to wonder, in the zeal of Chucky Schumer and the Senate Democrats to delay the confirmation of many of the president’s appointees, some items that may have slipped through the cracks in the refugee executive order and other orders could have been prevented.