Liberals are in a complete meltdown now over Donald Trump’s executive order to ‘Protect The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” which was signed on Friday and immediately put into force by Homeland Security yesterday.
Huge protests sprung up at JFK airport in New York and elsewhere. The ACLU is springing into action. Lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of people trying to enter the U.S. Hollywood laments that an Iranian-born filmmaker won’t be able to attend the Academy Awards.
Except he hasn’t.
He’s trying to enforce a terrorist ban.If you read the full text of the executive order, nowhere is the word Muslim included. Or Islam. Not once. However, there IS language that you’d think would make liberals cheer:
Shut the front door! Hello liberals! Your president (who you can’t accept IS your president) wants to protect YOU from those “who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”
The United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Is that a problem?
The ban on travel from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia is TEMPORARY, and designed to allow our officials to get better systems in place for vetting individuals from those countries. In addition, the Syrian refugee program will be halted, because we simply cannot at this time know who exactly we’re letting in.
The order requires Homeland Security to determine “the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.”
Furthermore, it puts the onus on other countries to work with the U.S. to provide sufficient documentation: “The Secretary of State shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.”
But the order is not absolute, and allows for entry on a case-by-case basis: “The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.”
Oh yay. The Iranian filmmaker can pack his tux after all.
As usual, the liberal press (and liberals) fire up the dog whistle of “Muslim ban” and everyone goes apoplectic. Of course no one actually bothers to read the text of the order and its purpose. They hear what they want to hear.
Now on the other hand, we received an email from a reader who felt this order was misguided because:
The leading organizer of the Women’s March was the Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour and did not come from any of those countries. She and her groups lead the harassment of Jewish students on America College Campuses. She and her Hamas supporters are far more dangerous than our Kurdish allies.
Hamas supporters were not banned..
Hezbollah supporters were not banned…
Al-Qaida supporters from Saudi were not banned.
If he had banned supporters of terrorist organizations, it would have made sense, been understood and been effective.
Now there are gaping holes in the vetting… you don’t think a Shia from Lebanon with ties to Hezbollah is dangerous?
So perhaps Trump’s order did not go far enough. After all, the Boston Marathon bombers weren’t from any country on that list. Tashfeen Malik, came from Saudi Arabia via Pakistan.
If our vetting process is bad, it’s bad, period. But at least this order is acknowledging we have problems — particularly in countries where documentation is sketchy at best.
To our reader’s point, it was our own Homeland Security that improperly vetted Tashfeen Malik and failed to connect the dots on the Tsarnaev brothers — or even the Fort Lauderdale shooter, Esteban Santiago.
The monsters who carved up British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight were born in the United Kingdom and raised as Christians before they became radicalized.
This is a cancer that has already metastasized. But we have to start somewhere.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]