NOT A MUSLIM BAN: Detailing the Trump immigration plan
The first weekend of President Trump’s immigration plans turned into a debacle as airports were placed of chaos as agents didn’t fully understand how to implement the President’s Executive Order banning travel for refugees from Islamic, war torn nations.
First up is the “myth” that this is a Muslim Ban — it is NOT.
The order only includes Iran from the top 10 most Muslim populated countries in the world.
Moreover, this is NOT about 9/11, so please stop with the Saudi Arabia remarks, because the Saudis have been one of the biggest partners with Trump policy and establishment of “safe zones” in their borders to secure refugees.
“The President requested and the King agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts,” a White House statement on this weekend’s call stated. The NY Post added “Trump had campaigned on creating safe zones in Syria to allow relief for families hurt by the ongoing war as an alternative to them fleeing to the United States and elsewhere.”
The Obama Administration’s policy dictated who made and who did not make the list of countries
Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act as part of an omnibus spending bill. The legislation restricted access to the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens from 38 countries who are visiting the United States for less than 90 days to enter without a visa.
According to the draft copy of Trump’s executive order, the countries whose citizens are barred entirely from entering the United States is based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015.
This is designed to stop open borders, the refugees NOT legal VISAs
The Executive Order continues the harder points from the Obama administration as foreigners who would normally be deemed eligible for a visa waiver were denied if they had visited Iran, Syria, Sudan or Iraq in the past five years or held dual citizenship from one of those countries.
In February 2016, the Obama administration added Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list of countries one could not have visited.
This is NOT about US Citizens or LEGAL travel: from the Order
“It also prohibits all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until further notice. Additionally, it bans the citizens of seven countries—Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen—from entering the U.S. on any visa category.”
“it bans the citizens of seven countries” — Why were agents confused by this? Too much too fast….likely.
This is about Islamic State NOT Trump Businesses
There are headlines that accuse the President of choosing nations due to his business relationships. See the notes about about the Obama administration, but here’s an example from the Independent:
The executive order Mr Trump signed blocks entry for the next 90 days to travellers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen but excluded from the list are several wealthier Muslim majority countries where the Trump Organisation has business interest, including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey, the UAE, Egypt and Indonesia.