"There is a lot of confusion swirling around the events that transpired this weekend as a result of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Make no mistake: every word of Trump’s executive order is in accordance with statute." ~ Daniel HorowitzSo much whining over the weekend exclusively based on ignorance. From protesters to the media echo-chamber, "Muslim ban!" is all we've heard. First, if it were a Muslim ban there'd be a helluva lot more countries included! That's not the case at all, but then this pervading perspective is anchored more in mob hysteria than in reality. Let's get this part straight: It's a moratorium...
Is this a ban on Muslim immigration? No, it’s a moratorium on immigration or re-entries from seven individual countries and a temporary moratorium on refugees from all countries, subject to case-by-case exceptions.Now that we got that out of the way, next question: How exactly did Trump pick those 7 countries for his immigration moratorium? These were countries already selected by the Obama administration as countries of concern:
CNN: The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in President Trump’s executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under the Obama administration.This temporary moratorium last for 3 months to give the Trump administration time to review our immigration policies and implement appropriate vetting processes for these countries of concern.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday pointed to the Obama administration’s actions as the basis for their selection of the seven countries. Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.
“There were further travel restrictions already in place from those seven countries,” Spicer said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“What the president did was take the first step through this executive order of ensuring that we’re looking at the entire system of who’s coming in, refugees that are coming in, people who are coming in from places that have a history or that our intelligence suggests that we need to have further extreme vetting for.” ...
In December 2015, President Obama signed into law a measure placing limited restrictions on certain travelers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011. Two months later, the Obama administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list, in what it called an effort to address “the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters.”
The restrictions specifically limited what is known as visa-waiver travel by those who had visited one of the seven countries within the specified time period. People who previously could have entered the United States without a visa were instead required to apply for one if they had traveled to one of the seven countries.
Under the law, dual citizens of visa-waiver countries and Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria could no longer travel to the U.S. without a visa. Dual citizens of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen could, however, still use the visa-waiver program if they hadn’t traveled to any of the seven countries after March 2011.
Trump’s order is much broader. It bans all citizens from those seven countries from entering the U.S. and leaves green card holders subject to being rescreened after visiting those countries.
It's also now been clarified that green card holders are exempted from this executive order.
So, none of this has anything to do with philosophy or faith. It's based solely on national security, specifically in regard to immigration, law enforcement and sovereignty. More broadly, it's rediscovering the rule of law...how diabolical, NOT!
So again, all the whining of political hacks on the left and unfortunate right, all the clogging up of airports by ill-informed protesters over the weekend, all the outrage and rhetoric flying around is once again fueled by media incitement in two little words: Muslim ban. It's time for cooler heads to prevail and separate fact from sickening media fiction:WH @PressSec Sean Spicer says career diplomats with criticism about travel ban "should either get with the program or they can go." pic.twitter.com/6krLj43vkR— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 30, 2017
It’s important not to conflate political arguments with legal arguments, as many liberals and far too many “conservatives” on social media are doing. ... These seven countries are failed states or enemies of the U.S. (in the case of Iran). As such, there is absolutely no way to share data with the host countries and properly vet them. Somalia has been one of the biggest trouble spots. The other countries are marred in Islamic civil wars. Moreover, these are the countries that existing law targets for travel restrictions, and that Obama’s own DHS listed last year.Read more of Horowitz's piece to understand what the order actually does. Please, share the facts with your friends and families. We don't need anymore contributions to the mob mentality on this one.
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ADDENDUM: Levin was ON FIRE last night over this topic...
On Monday’s Mark Levin show, The hate America first party, the Democrat Party has exposed itself yet again with their reaction to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. Trump has placed a temporary ban on immigration from 7 countries for national security purposes. If you listened to the left you would think that Trump is rounding up all Muslim Americans and putting them in internment camps. However, this is false. Trump is trying to prevent carnage in the U.S. against American citizens on his watch. He’s being brutalized and attacked for it by the same leftists who defy immigration law and claim Trump has no authority to enforce the same law. If you object to such a modest executive order then you hate your country and are willing to tolerate terrorist attacks against America. In addition, Chuck Schumer is surrounding himself with American Muslims at a press conference. However Muslim Americans are not the one being deported. This has to do with would-be immigrants not immigrants who are already here in America. After that, no person who is a citizen outside of America has constitutional rights. Nobody else on the planet has a right to immigrate to America. The purpose of immigration is to improve America. Later, the Republican retreat has started. Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Susan Collins, John McCain and others have spoken out against Trump’s executive order. The competence and gutlessness of the Republican Party continues to march backwards.Related links: Sound the retreat! Here are the members of the GOP surrender caucus attacking Trump’s immigration order
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UPDATES: On Tuesday, Speaker Ryan and DHS Secretary Kelly fielded questions from the press...
Ryan supports the pause and the president's right to make sure the vetting process is up to par:
Ryan addressed the 'dangerous' rhetoric' (i.e., the hysteria from Democrats and the Left):.@SpeakerRyan on Pres. Trump's immigration order: "What is happening is something that we support." https://t.co/MRzOtP7FEt pic.twitter.com/djEpB0XDjo— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 31, 2017
And though the rollout may have not been the smoothest, but Ryan has no concerns with it going forward:.@SpeakerRyan: "I think the rhetoric surrounding this could be used as a recruiting tool and I think that's dangerous." pic.twitter.com/vBqKIy6YRO— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 31, 2017
Following, Sec. Kelly clarified with the press that this was NOT a travel ban..."It's regrettable that there was some confusion on the rollout of this. No one wanted to see people with green cards" be affected, Ryan says pic.twitter.com/KtZBTqqVPG— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2017
This is not a Muslim ban..."This is not a travel ban... it's a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee & visa vetting," DHS Sec. says pic.twitter.com/MFPJQPnaet— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2017
This is about protecting the American people under a restored rule of law:"This is not -- I repeat, not -- a ban on Muslims," DHS Sec. Kelly says while addressing travel ban https://t.co/d4CUrSM44B pic.twitter.com/Lkbosima7A— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2017
H/t: TRS"We cannot gamble with American lives. I will not gamble with American lives," says Homeland Security Sec. Kelly https://t.co/d4CUrSM44B pic.twitter.com/J2xp1YK4kB— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2017
Related link: You're FIRED! Trump relieves AG Yates who 'betrayed' DOJ 'by refusing to enforce a legal order'