by Countable | 3.20.17
Three key members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet announced a new executive order the president signed Monday to revise and implement the administration’s travel ban. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — the leaders of agencies tasked with putting the order into practice — held a joint press conference to make the announcement after President Trump had signed the executive order in private earlier in the day.
Here’s what the executive order does:
A 90-day ban on travel by people from six countries — Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen — will be enforced. Iraq, which had previously been covered by the travel ban, is now exempt because of actions taken by Iraq to improve its information sharing with the U.S. and enhance travel documentation, although visa applicants will be scrutinized for ties to terror groups because parts of Iraq are an active combat zone.
People who are lawful permanent residents of the U.S. or who possess a valid visa are exempt from the travel ban, or foreign nationals who are granted asylum, refugee status, or has otherwise been granted admission to the U.S. The travel ban will only apply to people who are currently outside of the U.S., didn’t have a visa when the initial order was signed (January 27, 2017), and do not currently have a visa.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program will still be suspended for 120 days with admissions capped at 50,000 refugees for fiscal year 2017. The State Department and DHS can still jointly grant waivers on a case-by-case basis after it’s determined a refugee won’t threaten national security. Syrian refugees will be subject to the same 120 day suspension, rather than the indefinite suspension they faced under the previous executive order.
It clarifies that the previous order didn’t provide a basis for religious-based discrimination, instead allowing for persecuted religious minority groups in all nations (including those where Islam is a minority religion) to receive priority consideration of their refugee claims.
The DOJ, DHS, State Department, and the Director of National intelligence will collaborate on developing a vetting program to identify people looking to enter the country fraudulently, support terrorism, or who otherwise would pose a threat upon entering the U.S. The heads of those agencies would issue progress reports after 60 days, 100 days, and 200 days have elapsed after this order takes effect.
This order will take effect on March 16, 10 days after signing.
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Department of homeland security, state department, and other intelligence agencies investigating the sources of terrorism have concluded that refugees are not and do not become terrorists. The sources of terrorists are the children of immigrants several years after their parents arrive in the United States. Extreme vetting over existing vetting is a waste of time and money and is just propaganda for people who want to preach hate and intolerance. This immigration ban doesn't even address some of the countries that are the primary sources of terrorism such as Saudi Arabia. In 2015 Trump registered 8 companies in Saudi Arabia. Trump places profits of his companies over the well being of our country.
Given that the revised order says that the DHS, DOJ, and other federal agency stakeholders are to *start creating* a vetting system to identify people trying to enter the country fraudulently, exactly how is vetting supposed to take place right away, and how does that 120 day travel ban not become indefinite for those attempting to enter the US? If one of the tools you mandate for vetting is supposed to start being created at the same time you need it... well, how exactly does this work? Help me out here, guys. Sounds like a dodge around the American public to me.
Plain wrong there is no evidence that even one refugee from any of these countries committed terrorists acts. None! Why not where the terrorists came from? Because Trump has investments in those countries. When you going to ask for his tax returns?
Trump is a paranoid freak who needs his own rubber room. Quit humoring the idiot and get him out of the WH before he kills us all!
While it seems like someone has gotten Trump to be a little more rational, and while it seems as though this bill is trying to do some good, I still believe our position concerning the refugees must change. We cannot uphold the tenants put forth by Lady Liberty and refuse to help them in their time of need. At such a critical point in history, we must make the noble choice here, in order to set a proper example for the generations to come. We cannot allow fear to make cowards of us. This country thrives on the courage and integrity of its citizens, standing as beacon of hope to those who live in places where injustice is committed in the plazas. This bill also implies a significant amount of surveillance. While I do understand the serious threats facing this nation, I wonder what lengths we are willing to go to in order to protect our millions from a few hundred/thousand individuals.
Study after study after study has shown white extremist Christians like white nationalists/ supremacists, NOT REFUGEES OR MUSLIMS, are the biggest demographic threat in America. Yet again, this Muslim ban is not only unconstitutional but unnecessary and unfounded. This is bigotry and xenophobia, plain and simple. Please condemn this order by President trump.
I am opposed to the revised executive order on the travel ban. The present vetting system is sufficient and this executive order is a Muslim ban and is unconstitutional and goes counter to what America is about.
Refugees already go through extensive background checks. Today there are reports that ISIS is using Chemical weapons on women and children, and President Trump has (temporarily) halted the refugee program? This is unacceptable, unamerican, and frankly unconstitutional. This is not about the safety of the American people. This is about President Trump and Steve Bannon's xenophobia and racism. It cannot be allowed to stand.
There is no factual evidence to support the validity of this or any of the travel ban and border protection proposals coming out of this administration. A report that surfaced last week actually showed factual evidence that any of the radicalized foreign born people are the children of immigrants and refugees, US citizens, that are radicalized here as they grow up. They are being radicalized by the ideological web campaigns of ISIS and other groups and the derogatory wrong minded rhetoric and portrayal of Muslim people at large by many in the US and western cultures. Islam isn't the enemy, just as any deranged fundamentalist does not represent the whole of their respective religions. This is dangerous ground the administration is moving us into, simply because Trump feels he has to make good on things he said in the campaign. He has no idea what he's talking about and Bannon is guiding him toward moving us and the world into another great war, which he stated has been his goals all along. He believes the world needs one. The bans and the ideology of this administration are putting us all in danger. On top of that they are unconstitutional and un-American. "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free...". The terrorists are laughing at us playing into their hands and their false narrative. What is happening right now with this administration and the fear based reactions of his supporters is what our country looks like when the terrorists have won.
So just over a month after he so brazenly banned human beings from entering this country he decides to "amend" it. If it needed amendment this quickly, then it was poorly thought out, executed, and all together a terrible idea to begin with. This ban is inhumane, soulless, and truly un-American.
I'm growing increasingly tired with having to constantly message my representatives WITH THE HOPES that they stand and protect their constituents in Miami. I hope that you please ease my and your other voters' mind by expressing our concerns and voting AGAINST this travel ban.
The first travel ban was found to be illegal. This is just the "lessons learned" version - it's still baseless. I oppose this travel ban and I support refugee resettlement. Our vetting process is strong, and keeping innocent people out of our country only puts us in more danger. We need to embrace them if we want peace.
Please vote against this travel ban. The vetting process and restrictions we already have in place are ample protection against terrorists. And immigrants who are legal American citizens are still being unfairly targeted, i.e. Khizer Khan's travel visa being "reviewed," forcing him to cancel plans to speak in Canada. As the ACLU said, "Prejudice rewritten is still prejudice."
Stop this man from destroying our country!!!!
Well, I'm glad it only took the executive branch a month to publish a second travel ban that again is based on preconceived notions rather than hard data. Extreme vetting doesn't guarantee we're going to be keeping terrorists outside our nation. There's no real way of knowing if a person will turn extremist with time. So, thanks Mr. Trump for taking the time to draft another ridiculous executive order instead of fixing the real issues: affordable healthcare, updates on infrastructure, and protecting our environment, among others.
This latest version of the ban is still terrible. The people needing asylum are refugees, families with young children, not terrorists. I am more scared of white so called Christian males committing terrorist acts/school shootings! Look at the statistics. Do not let this racist, illogical and immoral fear take over our country. Vote no. Oppose President Bannon, oppose Trump resist resist resist until they are gone and merely an embarrassing footnote in our nation's history.
As I stated in my note to my reps, this order needs to be cancelled completely. 1) Stop pretending it's about safety when Saudi Arabia and Egypt are not on the list. 2) These actions are providing perfect recruitment material for actual overseas terrorists who don't even have to set foot on American soil to carry out terrorism. 3) The denial of Jewish refugees in the past directly led to their deaths at the hands of Hitler and his squads. I should have added that if we're really concerned about the safety of American citizens, common sense gun control would sure go a long way towards accomplishing that objective.
A #MuslimBan by any other name is still a #MuslimBan. The DHS report clearly states that nationality is a poor indicator of the propensity to radicalization.
Land of the free.... 24 months is more than enough time to vet immigrants to this great nation.
Unless you can provide actual evidence this ban is needed, stop the attack on immigrants, including those from Muslim countries.