The media has absolutely lost their minds with Trump’s new executive order, labeling it a ‘Muslim ban’. In fact, even the the phrase ‘Muslim ban’ was trending on Twitter. Clearly, those in the media freaking out as well as those duped into thinking this order bans innocent people from entering the country solely based on their religion, haven’t actually read the executive order.
Here’s a brief rundown on what the new executive order does and the top three things you should know about it:
1. People from seven countries will be barred from entering the US for 90 days. These countries are: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. Is this a Muslim ban? No. In fact, the most populous Muslim majority countries aren’t on the list. Why did Trump choose this list of seven countries? Thank Obama for that one. This was an Obama created list. The Obama administration felt that these countries were linked with terrorism and posed a high risk to national security. So what’s wrong with this list? Countries are missing from it. The ban doesn’t affect the nationalities of those that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. Trump has said that there’s a possibility of adding more countries to the list. The temporary ban is not unconstitutional, however it is currently being adjudicated in the courts as a result of the order’s legality being questioned. There’s a very strong case for both sides. One side says that, according to the non-discrimination clause of the INA, it is illegal to discriminate based on nationality, place of birth, or place of residence. The other side says that the president can suspend the entry of a class of aliens if they are thought to be detrimental to the interests of the United States. That brings up another question. Is this policy going to be effective? The truth is, probably not. It most likely doesn’t mean anything substantial in the long term. However, a new report from The Daily Caller has emerged saying that “at least 20 alleged terrorists since 2014 came from countries affected by Trump’s immigration ban”.
2. Refugee admissions are suspended for 120 days with case by case exceptions. Syrian refugee admissions have been suspended indefinitely. Priority is given to those fleeing their country due to religious persecution. This means, presumably, that Christian refugees will have priority over Muslim refugees. No, this isn’t ‘Islamaphobic’. This is practical. There is genuinely a genocide going on in the Middle East, and it’s targeting Christians. The Obama administration egregiously largely ignored these persecuted Christians, and instead favored the Muslim refugees almost exclusively. As for the entry of athletes, interpreters, etc., will be handled on a “case by case” basis. Is this ban of refugees unprecedented? Absolutely not. In fact, Obama did it too. In 2011, Obama suspended the Iraq refugee program for six months in the name of national security. This executive order also reduces the number of refugees to 50,000 per year. This is not a big deal at all considering that this number is in line with the number just a few years ago.
3. This order was horrendously rolled out. According to a report by CNN: “Administration officials weren’t immediately sure which countries’ citizens would be barred from entering the United States. The Department of Homeland Security was left making a legal analysis on the order after Trump signed it. A Border Patrol agent, confronted with arriving refugees, referred questions only to the President himself, according to court filings.” Also, Trump could have done a much better job regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. He campaigned on helping the refugees by creating safe zones as opposed to allowing entry of more Syrian refugees. This is the correct policy. Unfortunately, President Trump didn’t package this policy into his executive order. This makes him appear uncaring and unwilling to help the Syrians, and only fuels the liberal media’s hysteria even more.