President Donald Trump issued a statement defending his “Extreme Vetting” order (known to SEO experts everywhere as the “Muslim Ban Policy”) from critics of the new law. In a statement issued from the White House, Trump pointed out that the executive order he issued on Friday applies only to seven Muslim-majority nations — all of whom are known to have large terrorist networks operating within them. The list of seven nations were orginally defined by Barack Obama in 2011, and Obama also banned people from those nations from travelling to the US. All Trump has done has broadened the criteria for denying entry. There are still 46 other Muslim nations where travelers can come to the US from.
Trump explained that any backlash to this law is being fueled by critics of the President for no other reason than they don’t like him. He has essentially done something their favorite President, Obama, already did once. “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban,” he said, “as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”
On the Talking-Head Shows on Sunday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and GOP Chairman Reince Priebus defended Trump’s order, and explained that protests and backlash were wildly out of proportion to what was happening. “What people need to understand is that (on Saturday) 325,000 foreign travelers came into the United States,” Priebus said. “About 109 of those people were detained for further questioning because they came from the identified seven countries that the Obama administration and both houses of Congress have identified as being countries that harbor and train terrorists.”
According to the Daily Mail, “Trump himself refused to back down as protests flooded a few major airports. On Twitter, his preferred mode of instant communication with voters, he reiterated his belief that America needs to strengthen its borders.”
Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
A lot of the controversy seemed to be that existing green-card holders — legal immigrants to the United States — wouldn’t be allowed to travel back to the US if they travelled abroad. Both Priebus and Department of Homeland Security John Kelly debunked that myth.
“The executive order doesn’t affect green card holders moving forward,” Priebus said, saying that green-card holders already undergo more thorough vetting. “If they have a person that’s traveling back and forth to Libya or Somalia or Yemen, I would suspect within their discretion, they might ask a few more questions at JFK or some other airport when someone’s coming back and forth within their discretionary authority as a customs and border patrol agent,” he said. “And what I’m saying is I would suspect that most Americans would agree that that might be a good thing to do.”
The Mail adds, “Kelly declared the entry of lawful permanent residents, also known as green card holders, to be of national interest on Sunday evening. ‘In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,’ he said in a statement. ‘Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.'”
In other words, Trump’s “Muslim Ban Policy” isn’t really a ban on Muslims. Trump isn’t going after Muslims. He’s going after terrorists. That’s what we hired him to do.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S SUNDAY STATEMENT
The president issued a statement Sunday afternoon, defiantly defending his decision to implement an ‘extreme vetting’ program affecting people arriving in the United States from seven of the world’s 53 Muslim-majority countries:
‘America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.
‘My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.
‘To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.
‘We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.’