Though President Donald Trump’s initial attempt to impose a moratorium on immigration from seven terror-prone nations was halted in early February by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, he has not given up.
According to Fox News, Trump intended to sign a revised executive order next week that would be equivalent to the previous order save for some minor adjustments.
For one, the new order would include exemptions for legal permanent residents and green-card holders. The president’s first order failed in part because of the drama it stirred up when legal U.S. residents who should have been allowed entry into the country were blocked.
Second, the order would not indefinitely suspend the importation of Syrian refugees. Instead the importation of any and all refugees would be temporarily halted until such time as the federal government was able to develop “extreme vetting” measures, according to Fox.
As Politico reported Tuesday, critics claim Trump is really trying to implement a permanent ban on refugees, saying the measures will be so extreme, no refugees will be able to pass muster.
Third, Trump’s new immigration order would also mandate a reduction in the number of refugees allowed entry this year from 100,000 (as had been planned by former President Barack Obama) to just 50,000.
What would remain the exact same is the temporary visa ban on travelers from the following seven terror-prone nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
“We’ve had dozens and dozens of terrorism cases from these seven countries, case after case after case,” senior White House adviser Stephen Miller argued Wednesday on Fox News in defense of this provision. “But more fundamentally, it’s the position of our intelligence community that these countries today pose a threat to our country moving forward and the president is acting decisively to protect our country from these threats.”
Furthermore, like the original ban, Trump’s new order will be focused entirely on preventing terrorism — not, as the liberal media have tried to claim, discriminating against Muslims.
“I think he’s made it very clear from the beginning that this was a country-focused issue, a safety-focused issue,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer explained to reporters Wednesday, as noted by CNBC. “I don’t see anything other than that.”
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