Trump’s EO on Immigration and Airport Chaos
Protests ramped up at airports across the country, and liberals literally lost their minds over President Trump’s EO (Executive Order on immigration). The order is not against Muslims, it’s against COUNTRIES that have a great deal of terrorism. Even two men from Iraq that were briefly detained thanked the US for treating them with respect and then released them.
The biggest disruption in travel appears to be the protests themselves.
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VIDEO: Large protests at JFK Airport protesting Trump's immigration executive orders
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The order only blocked immigrants for 90 days from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen. The word “temporary” appears to be missing from the verbiage of the people who have lost their minds over this. The government identified those particular countries as “high risk” and they are – numerous jihadists exist there.
It suspends Syrian refugees until such time as the Refugee Admissions Program can ensure that the people coming in are not detrimental to the safety of the US. Syria is rife with ISIS, Al-Qaeda members. Sure there are some who need asylum, but all need to be properly vetted.
The order does NOT block holders of certain visas (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).
According to the order:
“Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest — including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship — and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.”
But a Federal Judge, Ann Donnelly, an Obama appointee, issued an injunction against Trump’s order already, information which has been slow to filter down the chain.
The government has said they are doing the vetting on a case by case basis, though a few passengers were herded back onto flights on the day this order went into effect. Basically, it’s a chaotic mess at this point.
Other Muslims countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan were not blocked.
Exceptions to the rule would be handled on a case-by-case basis, the official confirmed, not en masse, citing two Iraqi men released from JFK airport in New York City as an example of a successful vetting process. The official praised security officials for handling the situation professionally.
Why the furor?
For Syrian refugees, as an example, not all Muslim countries will take many of them because it creates too much upheaval between sects. Saudi Arabia does have population of about 500,000 Syrians, who are Sunni Muslims like themselves… sort of. Jordan and Lebanon have hundreds of thousands as well. Trump has ratcheted our intake of refugees down to 50,000 per year.
According to Bloomberg,
Sectarian difficulties have already surfaced in Muslim countries that have been open to displaced Syrians, upsetting often fragile ethnic and religious balances. In Turkey, Syrians initially settled in the province of Hatay, which has a sizable Arab Alawite minority. The local Alawites weren’t welcoming and the Turkish government made an effort to resettle the refugees. Elsewhere, it became clear that local Christian minorities were scared of the newcomers, too. Kurdish refugees, though Sunni like most Turks, were best directed to areas with bigger Kurdish populations. In general, the longer the refugees stayed, the more the locals resented them and perceived them as a threat.
Threat is the operative word here. Part of the issue is that none of the groups get along – Shia, Sunni, Alawite… all tend to congregate in one spot and refuse to integrate into a culture.
Which leaves Europe and America as places that have “blended cultures.” Who are the jihadists and who are the “normal” people? Until the United States can figure that out, it’s wise to have a slow down for refugees.
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