2. Even people with green cards?
The mixed signals the administration has been sending in this regard were sloppy and stupid. I can understand the thought that a flawed vetting system would have allowed for the wrong people to get green cards but it doesn’t matter, permanent residents are expected to live in the U.S. by law,
so how can they avoid being penalized if they can’t get in here? President Trump should also have made it clear to the public from the beginning that anyone who helped the U.S. military is excluded from the ban. However, it seems like the Trump administration is now saying
that they will defer to DHS on this and that green card holders will be let in, though, only after extra screenings. The extra screenings make sense as we should certainly be watching people who travel to these countries carefully as to ensure they don’t do so for reasons related to terrorism. This all said, President Trump’s Executive Order did include the provision, “the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.” So regardless, they left the DHS the power to make decisions about “banned” people on a case-by-case basis.
3. Suspends entire refugee plan for 120 days and suspends the Syrian refugee plan indefinitely
So terrorist attacks on U.S. soil by members of the seven banned countries are nonexistent. However, terrorist attacks in the U.S. are rare in general, and as of 2012, there are only 781,235 people
in the U.S. from the seven banned countries. And of that group it is most likely that about 33% of them immigrated here before 1990, in other words they have been here for a long time already, in many case before radicalism had infiltrated their countries. Notably, of that 781K, about 370K are from Iran, many of whom would have immigrated here shortly before or after the Iranian revolution.
Additionally, according to the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
, the U.S. has taken in very few Syrian refugees so far. Only 18,036 Syrians have been taken in since 2011 (start of Syrian civil war), 3,566 of which were taken in in January of 2017, and 17,835 of which have only been here since 2015.
there were 1,688 cases of sexual offences (458 rapes) committed by immigrants in Germany in 2015. That number may be proportionally low, like the terrorist attacks, but these are still attacks that could have been avoided as they were perpetrated by people who were let into the country.
And none of this is entirely accurate as migrant crime reporting is astoundingly poor. Multiple states in Germany with left-wing parliaments didn’t even report migrant crime that year. One of those states, North Rhine-Westphalia, includes Cologne where hundreds of women were sexually assaulted and robbed on New Year’s Eve 2015. So, those statistics are not included in the overall tally.
The indefinite ban on Syrian refugees is a good thing. I hate to see desperate Syrians left to die, but it’s an extremely complicated situation and President Trump is at least attempting to establish safe zones for refugees in Syria and Yemen
, an initiative that the king of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi seem to support. We need to be sure we can determine the refugees are not ISIS-connected before bringing them over here. When we have a system in place that can do that effectively, we should restart the Syrian refugee program. In Germany, official figures state that hundreds (link above) of the migrants are suspected of being connected to terrorist groups abroad. That’s staggeringly low in proportion to the greater migrant population, but in absolute terms, hundreds is quite a threat.
4. Prioritizes Christian refugees over Muslims
Well, the Executive Order states, “Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.”
This is common sense. Religious minorities are heavily persecuted in the Middle East. ISIS is committing genocide
against Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. Islamic jihadists in general target these groups
for some of their most brutal crimes, from sex slavery to torture. Not that Muslims themselves are not the biggest (in absolute terms) victims of Islamic extremism.
Overall, I see President Trump’s Order as a good thing. It is derived from principles set forth by years of intelligence gathered by the Obama administration and at it’s core, endeavors to make the American public more safe. That is what the American president is tasked with doing. Trump is doing his job.