Late Friday afternoon, Trump announced and signed executive action that has widely been reported by the mainstream media as a temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. But now he’s adding something else to his agenda that has Muslims world-wide furious.
Marking a drastic shift from the previous administration, Donald Trump on Friday issued an executive order that will deny refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries entry to the United States. The order will only allow people into the United States that truly love America and is designed to reduce “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the US.
But he wasn’t done there. Now he’s issuing “extreme vetting” measures too, intended to “keep terrorists out” of the United States – the details of which were even more severe than had been expected.
“We are establishing new vetting measures, to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said on Friday, during a visit to the Department of Defense. “We don’t want ‘em here. We want to ensure we aren’t admitting into our country the very threats that our men and women are fighting overseas.”
The action implements a 90-day block on entry to the US from citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. However, it not clear whether the measure would apply to citizens of those countries on trips abroad who already have permission to live and work in the US.
It also suspends the admittance of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days and terminates indefinitely all refugee admissions from Syria. It also caps the total number of refugees entering the US in 2017 to 50,000 – less than half the previous year’s figure of 117,000 under the Obama administration.
Although officials in the Trump administration have insisted that the president’s actions are not targeted at Muslims, the text of the executive order made it extremely clear that the US government would prioritize religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries once it resumes its admittance of refugees:
President Trump has himself said non-Muslim religious minorities would be prioritized for entry to the US. During an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said his administration would place an emphasis on helping persecuted Christians in the Middle East and North Africa.
“They’ve been horribly treated,” Trump said. “Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States?”
“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible, and the reason that was so unfair,” he elaborated. “Everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody, but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair.”
H/T [Red State Watcher]