Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States immediately suspends Syrian refugees from entering the country
President Trump’s newest executive order stops all refugees from entering the US for at 120-days
Even those with valid visas can not enter the country if they are coming from a terror prone country
At least one Iraqi man has been detained in JFK despite working for the US government for the last decade
The executive order little to know security reform at this time
The US currently has a 9-step program to acquire citizenship that takes at least two years to complete
On Friday, President Donald Trump celebrated Holocaust Remembrance Day by signing an executive order dubbed “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”
The executive order has placed an indefinite suspension on Syrian refugees from entering the United States and limits the flow of other refugees and immigrants with what Trump is calling “extreme vetting” of immigrants.
This extreme vetting is not starting a system from scrap; it is causing disruption of a 9-step process that takes at least 2-years to complete. Once the system is back up and running, it is likely the process will be even longer, due to the wanted additional procedures.
What Does This Mean
The order puts a ban on all persons attempting to enter America from terror prone countries for 90-days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120-days until it is reinstated, at which point of time will open up to nationals of countries whom Trumps Cabinet deem properly vetted.
The countries impacted by Trump’s latest executive order are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, which is odd since Trump used 9/11 as one of his main tipping points to push this executive order. The hijackers from 9/11 were said to be from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Egypt, yet none of these countries made Trump’s list.
Another country that dodged the bullet is Pakistan, despite being known for aiding Osama Bin Laden, and still, to this day harboring some of the highest ranking members of the Taliban.
Instead of closing the doors to possible “terrorists,” this decision is closing the door to some of the people who need it most. The order is more focused on refugees then it is on security reforms of any nature.
The Only Other Time Has Suspended Refugees From Entering The Country Was After 9/11
Since World War II America has led the world in the resettling of refugees. Since the Refugee Act of 1980, America has only suspended refugees from entering the country one time, from September 2001 to December 2001 following the attack on the World Trade Center.
Trump’s executive order takes the refugee quota set by Obama of 110,000 and reduces it to 50,000 for the fiscal year 2017. With 30,000 immigrants settled since October, there is only space for 20,000 more refugees for the rest of the fiscal year.
All throughout his campaign, Trump has stated that we have flaws with how we process immigrants coming into the country. He vowed that he would make the appropriate changes, but in his executive order, there is little evidence to back his claim.
The only security provision that has been made permanent at this time, is visa applicants having a face-to-face interview with a consular officer. However, the order does leave the door open for changes in the future.
The Order Reflects The Desire Of Trump’s White House
Federal officers have been forced to detain refugees at US airports even though they have valid visas. The order has caused complete chaos and is tearing families apart. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security said the orders reflect the desires of Trump’s White House.
On Saturday, the White House scrambled to defend their actions, claiming the decision strengthens national security. While many believe the order targets Muslims, officials claim that is not the case at all, pointing out that several problematic majority-Muslim countries were not included in the ban, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey. All three countries have strong ties to the same “radical Islamic terrorists” the order claims to be trying to prevent from entering the country.
At this time, there is no exact count on how many people have been detained at airports around the country. The order did not just impact on American airports, as migrants around the world have been stopped from boarding any flights to the United States.
Advocacy groups are furious, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations who said they would be filing a lawsuit next week by challenging the order as being unconstitutional. As of this time, there is no evidence that refugees, who are the most vetted of all immigrants, pose any threat to the safety of the United States.
Two Iraqi Men Detained At JFK
At JFK airport, two Iraqi men with valid visas were detained. The men were in the air on separate flights when Trump made his executive order.
Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, 33, is one of the Iraqi men detained at JFK. He holds a visa that is allows him to live with his wife and child in Texas. His wife worked for a US government contractor who arrived in America as an immigrant in 2014.
Hameed Darweesh, 53, has worked as a contractor for the US government for the last decade. At one point, Darweesh was an interpreter for the US Army. Darweesh, along with his wife and three children, has spent the last two years securing a visa offered to Iraqis who have given assistance to the US government.
At One Point Darweesh Was An Interpreter For The US Army
On Friday, at 6:00 pm, the Darweesh family landed in New York. Hameed was immediately detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Now the man that helped the US government for the last decade faces the possibility of being sent back to his country. After giving aid to the US government, his safety is a valid concern if he is sent back.
Darweesh is not the only person that runs the risk of being screwed over by the US government. It is quite common in these problem areas for the US government to recruit natives in problematic areas for assistance. Under the promise of protection, these people make the decision to give their assistance, which places them in extreme danger in their home country.
These are some of the people that are feeling the impact of the executive order. “Immigrants” who have done more for America than many of the people America’s citizens. If the thought of that makes you angry, stop and ask yourself why?