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President Trump has issued an immigration ban, not a Muslim ban

Updated on January 31, 2017
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President Trump, demonstrating his strong national security vision, recently imposed a ban on immigration from seven nations. Through Executive Order, President Trump effectively restricted entry into the United States by any citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Order also suspended all refugee resettlement for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely. The Order was implemented to protect the United States and its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States. Although unpopular at the moment, mainly due to media aggrandizement, the action is one hundred percent legal under United States law. This temporary ban will also allow the Trump Administration needed time to implement a proper vetting process, which will stop foreign terrorists from coming to America.

President Obama Actually Gave Trump the List

The short list of seven countries whose citizens are temporarily banned from entering the United States is based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015. President Trump used that law to formulate his Executive Order. The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act was part of an omnibus spending bill. The bipartisan bill passed through Congress with little pushback from either Democrats or Republicans. The Obama Administration restricted visa waivers for those seven countries. President Trump has taken it one step further and temporarily halted immigration and visitors from the same list of countries. There are conversations that other nations may be added to this list in the future.

The Pen and the Phone

It seems that every action President Trump takes has been made into a media talking point; from his Cabinet picks, to his firm stance on Trade policies, and his empowerment of the Border Patrol. His methods are also being scrutinized, despite their legality. His use of Executive Orders is a top topic in the news, with the media trying to make it seem like he's using them excessively. In fact, just the opposite is true, President Trump has signed fewer Executive Orders at this point in his Presidency than President Obama did. It's not unusual for an incoming President to immediately implement key platform topics, and President Trump is no different than any of his predecessors. One difference between Trump and Obama is that President Trump signs his Orders publically, while former President Obama did many in secret.

Muslims Across the World

Opponents of President Trumps' policies are claiming this Order is an outright Muslim ban, yet the facts tell a different story; facts which the media are struggling to dance around in order to continue their smear campaign against the president. Surely the second largest region on earth won't be banned in America, but the press fails to demonstrate that these seven terrorist nations are small in the larger picture. Pakistan with nearly 180 million Muslims, Indonesia with about 205 million, India with 172 million, and Bangladesh with over 145 million are home to some of the worlds largest Muslim populations. Yet, none of these nations are being banned. Nor are other nations in the vicinity geographically of them; Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kuwait, and Israel all support Muslim populations. Trump's ban is to temporarily stop the flow of terrorists trying to infiltrate America while posing as refugees or immigrants.

Conflict of Interest Witch Hunt

Many people on the opposite side of the debate are publically asking why nations that were involved in the 9-11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil weren't part of the list. Saudi Arabia and Lebanon were both tied to the hijackers, yet neither nation made the list. Conspiracy theorists, still trying to connect President Trumps' previous business dealings with his current position, cite past investments the President had in Egypt and Dubai and have tried to spin them as "protectionism" of those countries. The attacks on Trump's billionaire status are expected to continue, but what's apparent is the lack of any real evidence to support these nonsensical claims. President Trump has already stepped down from his leadership positions in his holding companies.

Reactions Abroad

The European Union and the elitist membership of many of the ruling families of Europe have condemned the actions of President Trump, as expected. They are also trying to paint President Trump's actions as racist or anti-Muslim. Yet, all the opposition candidates in many of the European nations which are being overrun by criminal refugees are in full support. The seven nations that are on the list had mixed reactions. Most feigned insult and forecasted retaliation for his actions. Other nations ganged up on the President and doubled down on globalism and open-borders. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau made his position known via social media, when he tweeted Canada was open to accept all refugees. German Chancellor Merkel, with her own open-arms policies severely hurting Germany, and British Prime Minister May, both had lukewarm responses; trying to stay on the political fence for the moment.

So What Now?

Despite the number of objectors, the Executive Order is being executed. The ban is in place and anyone in government who tries to fight it will be relieved of their job. Sally Yates, an Obama holdover, was removed as temporary Attorney General for failing to do her job. She chose to make a political statement against the policy, even though it was legal, so President Trump removed her from office. More may be following her if they choose to act in a manner that goes against the policies of the administration. We can also expect mountains of legal challenges against the Order, attempting to show that it's targeting Muslims. The press will continue to mount smear campaigns against the President, but those who voted for him are quietly praising the man for actually following through on his promise of keeping America safe.


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