If the left thought that their protests would have the Trump administration rethinking its temporary freeze on immigration from seven countries with terrorist problems to increase vetting, they should probably think again. Far from quietly taking it off the books, the administration may actually be looking to expand it.
In a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump administration chief of staff Reince Priebus indicated that Pakistan might be the next nation on the temporary freeze list.
The bombshell came when host John Dickerson asked if Trump’s plan was a “Muslim ban” — an erroneous term often used by the media to describe the freeze.
“It doesn’t just say Christians. It also says persecuted Muslims get priority as well. So, this is not a Muslim ban, John. This is — all this is, is identifying the seven countries,” Priebus said, “And the reason we chose those seven countries was, those were the seven countries that both the Congress and the Obama administration identified as being the seven countries that were most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country.
“Now, you can point to other countries that have similar problems, like Pakistan and others. Perhaps we need to take it further. But for now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries. This is an 80 percent issue, John.”
“Perhaps other countries needed to be added to an executive order going forward,” Priebus said.
“This is all done for the protection of Americans,” he continued. “President Trump is not willing to get this wrong.”
So, it seems in spite of all of the protests and all of the gnashing of teeth, the temporary immigration freeze is definitely not going to go away. In fact, it could get even bigger.
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