On Sunday President Trump doubled down on his executive order to curb the entry of unvetted refugees and legal immigrants.
President Trump correctly insists America needs “extreme vetting” to avoid the “horrible mess” elsewhere, and correctly points out that Christians deserve priority in admissions.
Trump’s defense of his actions came as he faced escalating global pressure to rescind the order, which has sparked confusion within government agencies responsible for implementing it. A growing number of Republicans and foreign leaders chided Trump, activists kept up protests, and some judges issued rulings halting the deportation of refugees and others caught in the legal melee.
“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world — a horrible mess!” Trump tweeted early in the morning. A few hours later, he tweeted: “More Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!”
Trump’s executive order, issued Friday, has many elements, but its main features include an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, a halt to all refugee admissions to the United States, and the temporary suspension of all visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.
The White House also initially insisted that even U.S. legal permanent residents (so-called green-card holders) who hail from those seven countries must get additional screening if they are returning to America from abroad. People of dual citizenship also are barred from entering the United States if one of their nationalities is from the seven countries.
Several protests were held Sunday, including one in front of the White House. At Dulles International Airport outside Washington, more than 100 people with signs cheered mid-day Sunday as passengers arrived on a plane from Saudi Arabia. Some of the passengers, whose exact nationalities were unclear, were obviously distressed. As they met their relatives, the crowd shouted “Welcome!” and “Glad you’re here!”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer, speaking to ABC’s “This Week,” downplayed the events by stressing that only a small number of people were affected. “There’s 325,000 people from foreign countries that traveled into the United States yesterday,” he said. “There are 109 people that this actually addressed that had come in post-entry from seven countries that we’ve identified.”
Spicer also insisted that the executive order does not amount to a ban on Muslims as some critics insist because many Muslim-majority countries are not covered by it. He further claimed that the White House told the “people that needed to know” about the order ahead of time but that much of it was kept under wraps to prevent a sudden surge of people trying to reach the United States.
“What we couldn’t do was telegraph our position ahead of time to ensure that people flooded in before that happened, before it went into place,” Spicer said. “If we had telegraphed that ahead of time, then that would have been a massive security problem.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway echoed Spicer’s statements on “Fox News Sunday,”saying the short-term chaos was a “small price to pay” for safety. But White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, speaking to NBC News, at times muddied the waters.
He pointed out that the number of Muslim countries covered by the order could be expanded; as it stands, nations such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, whose citizens have been involved in major terrorist attacks against the United States, aren’t affected.
Priebus also insisted that the executive order would not apply to permanent residents “moving forward,” but then said that they still may get some extra vetting at airports if they had traveled to the seven targeted countries. Priebus also denied multiple reports that Trump aides had overruled the Department of Homeland Security on the green-card issue.
“We don’t want people that are traveling back and forth to one of these seven countries that harbor terrorists to be traveling freely back and forth between the United States and those countries,” he said.
FAKE NEWS ALERT: Don’t Believe ANYTHING The Media Tells You About A “MUSLIM BAN”
The media’s shrill arguments against President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration entry procedures have again disintegrated into “fake news.”
Whether or not the executive order is a good idea is up for debate, but not when the facts are twisted into a pretzel and the public is deceived.
You can read the entire Executive Order here, and you’ll be one step ahead of most of the rest of the media.
The media are calling it a “Muslim Ban,” and their headlines scream how incredibly awful it is.
Mother Jones never lets an incendiary headline go to waste:
And even Bloomberg jumped in on the action:
But it’s not a “Muslim Ban,” and they all know it. It’s not. It’s not. It’s not.
The media is following a narrative they have created that Donald Trump is a racist Islamophobe and they are fashioning every story to fit that narrative.
Leftists on Capitol Hill are more than willing to play along, too:
Chuck Schumer of Trump's 'extreme vetting' Exec. Order: "Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight." pic.twitter.com/ONz3Ss6BJ5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 28, 2017
Tears running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty … give me a break.
Nancy Pelosi calls it “cruelty and prejudice.”
Pelosi blasts Trump's 'extreme vetting' Exec. Order: "This Administration has mistaken cruelty for strength and prejudice for strategy." pic.twitter.com/LNBnDTNvGe
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 28, 2017
What a bunch of nonsense.
And, not to be outdone, the Huffington Post ran a nonsense headline reading “Trump bans 134,000,000 from the U.S.” with a picture of Lady Liberty upside down.
So what’s the truth? Well, Donald Trump did make a quasi-promise to ban Muslim immigration from the United States. But he didn’t do that. His executive order is a temporary restriction on people coming in from known jihadi conflict zones. That’s it.
So what specifically does it do?
It halts refugee admissions from Syria for 120 days to improve the vetting process. Then it caps refugee admission at 50,00 per year – the same as it was under Barack Obama.
Is that the “evil discrimination” the media wants us to believe? No. Fake News.
Then, it imposes a temporary, 90-day ban on people entering the country from seven countries that Barack Obama and Congress have identified as the top producers of terrorism. And only those seven countries. They are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The media’s narrative that Trump excluded countries that he has business interests in is absolute garbage, and they know it. More fake news.
Then, they claim that the ban is being applied to all “green card holders.” Yes, some people with green cards were temporarily detained and that was wrong. But the wording of the executive order specifically doesn’t apply to legal, permanent resident of the U.S. Green-card holders have been very thoroughly vetted already. More Fake News.
Finally, the executive order puts an “indefinite hold” on the admission of refugees from Syria “until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.”
Sounds awful, doesn’t it. Except it’s nothing. While the Syrian war was raging from 2011 to 2014, Barack Obama admitted in a total of 201 refugees. The number rose to 1,682, but only in the last year of his administration did Obama start letting in refugees in numbers that were remotely relevant.
As “Never-Trumper” David French in National Review put it: “While the Syrian Civil War was raging, ISIS was rising, and refugees were swamping Syria’s neighbors and surging into Europe, the Obama administration let in less than a trickle of refugees. Only in the closing days of his administration did President Obama reverse course — in numbers insufficient to make a dent in the overall crisis, by the way — and now the Democrats have the audacity to tweet out pictures of bleeding Syrian children?”
Finally, there is much media hype that Trump is giving priority to Christian refugees over Muslim ones.
Interestingly, during the Obama Administration, less than one half of one percent of the Syrian refugees admitted were Christians. And Yazidi Christians are some of the most persecuted people in the country. Christians represent 10 percent of Syria’s population.
What Pisses Me Off About President Trump’s “Muslim Ban”
President Donald Trump’s recent immigration related executive orders temporarily ban visitors from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan from entering the United States without “extreme vetting” and stop the intake refugees from these countries for at least 30 days. Is this a “Muslim Ban” as is being reported – or is the mainstream media lying to you once again?