TRUMP CALLS MUSLIM BAN AS FAKE NEWS : ‘ MY EXECUTIVE ORDER IS SIMILAR TO WHAT OBAMA IN 2011 TO IRAQI REFUGEES. THE 7 COUNTRIES ARE SAME COUNTRIES OBAMA IDENTIFIED AS SOURCES OF TERROR’

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TRUMP CALLS MUSLIM BAN AS FAKE NEWS : ‘ My executive order is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. THE 7 COUNTRIES ARE THE SAME COUNTRIES PREVIOUSLY  IDENTIFIED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AS SOURCES OF TERROR’

 

President Donald J. Trump issued this statement regarding his Executive Order concerning extreme vetting.

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3 thoughts on “TRUMP CALLS MUSLIM BAN AS FAKE NEWS : ‘ MY EXECUTIVE ORDER IS SIMILAR TO WHAT OBAMA IN 2011 TO IRAQI REFUGEES. THE 7 COUNTRIES ARE SAME COUNTRIES OBAMA IDENTIFIED AS SOURCES OF TERROR’

    fuzzysdad01 said:
    January 29, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Give Me Liberty.

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    Brittius said:
    January 30, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    RESIST said:
    January 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Wow- Agent Orange is a pussy and tries to hang this bullshit on Obama…typical. HappyMeal Hands is a racist coward. Unless you are too, stop providing cover for it.

    Here’s where you’re wrong
    (thx to Jon Finer):

    Here are six important points of differentiation:

    1. Scope: The Obama administration conducted a review in 2011 of the vetting procedures applied to citizens of a single country (Iraq) and then only to refugees and applicants for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), created by Congress to help Iraqis (and later Afghans) who supported the United States in those conflicts. The Trump executive order, on the other hand, applies to seven countries with total population more than 130 million, and to virtually every category of immigrant other than diplomats, including tourists and business travelers.

    2. Rationale: The Obama administration’s 2011 review came in response to specific threat information, including the arrest in Kentucky of two Iraqi refugees, still the only terrorism-related arrests out of about 130,000 Iraqi refugees and SIV holders admitted to the United States. Thus far the Trump administration has provided no evidence, nor even asserted, that any specific information or intelligence has led to its draconian order.

    3. Impact: Contrary to Trump’s Sunday statement and the repeated claims of his defenders, the Obama administration did not “ban visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” For one thing, refugees don’t travel on visas. More importantly, while the flow of Iraqi refugees slowed significantly during the Obama administration’s review, refugees continued to be admitted to the United States during that time, and there was not a single month in which no Iraqis arrived here. In other words, while there were delays in processing, there was no outright ban.

    4. Process: The Obama administration’s review was conducted over roughly a dozen Deputies and Principals Committee meetings, involving Cabinet and deputy Cabinet-level officials from all of the relevant departments and agencies — including the State, Homeland Security and Justice Departments — and the intelligence community. The Trump executive order was reportedly drafted by White House political officials and then presented to the implementing agencies a fait accompli. This is not just bad policymaking practice, it led directly to the confusion, bordering on chaos, that has attended implementation of the order by agencies that could only start asking questions (such as: “does this apply to green card holders?”) once the train had left the station.

    5. Far stronger vetting today: Much has been made of Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” for citizens of certain countries. The entire purpose of the Obama administration’s 2011 review was to enhance the already stringent vetting to which refugees and SIV applicants were subjected. While many of the details are classified, those rigorous procedures, which lead to waiting times of 18-24 months for many Iraqi and Syrian refugees, remain in place today and are continually reviewed by interagency officials. The Trump administration is, therefore, taking on a problem that has already been (and is continually being) addressed.

    6. The notorious “seven countries”: The White House’s claim that the seven countries listed in the executive order came from the Obama administration is conveniently left unexplained. A bit of background shows that Trump is borrowing from a totally different context: soon after the December 2015 terror attack in San Bernadino, Obama signed an amendment to the Visa Waiver Program, a law that allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. visa-free (and gives Americans reciprocal privileges in those countries). The amendment, and subsequent steps by the Obama administration, prevented citizens of the seven countries, or anyone who had recently traveled to those countries, from coming to the United States visa free.

    In other words, it did not bar anyone from coming to the United States, but only denied a relatively small number of people an exceptional privilege. Even so, to mitigate unintended effects of that amendment, the administration used a waiver provided by Congress to ensure that it did not impact certain categories of people who traveled to those countries, like journalists, aid workers, or officials from international organizations.

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