President Trump is preparing to sign a new executive order Monday that White House officials hope can withstand legal scrutiny that will ban travelers from six majority-Muslim nations seeking new visas from entering the United States for 90 days, according to a fact sheet the administration sent to Congress. (Update: Trump did actually sign this today.)
In addition, the nation’s refugee program will be suspended for 120 days, and it will not accept more than 50,000 refugees in a year, down from the 110,000 accepted last year by the Obama administration.
The order, which is to go into effect March 16, represents an attempt by the Trump administration to tighten security requirements for travelers from nations that officials said represent a terrorism threat. A more sweeping attempt in January provoked mass protests across the country as travelers en route to the United States were detained at airports after the surprise order was announced.
The new guidelines name six of the seven countries included in the first executive order, but it leaves out Iraq. That nation will increase cooperation with the United States on additional security vetting under separate negotiations and its citizens are not subject to the new order, the fact sheet states.
The new order provides other exceptions not contained in previous versions: for travelers from those countries who are legal permanent residents of the United States, dual nationals who use a passport from another country, those attending diplomatic missions, and those who have been granted asylum or refugee status.
“The United States has the world’s most generous immigration system, yet it has been repeatedly exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us harm,” the fact sheet stated.
Actually besides the attack on 9-11 America is still relatively untouched by most of the terrorist attacks that take place around the world.
However I can almost guarantee that actions such as this are likely to result in a significant uptick.
Getting people to murder other people, and likely die themselves, is so much easier if they believe their target is an evil entity bent on the destruction of others like themselves.
And it's not as if the courts are like to allow this new "improved" travel ban to stand.
They rejected the first one, and there is very little doubt they will reject this one as well.
Especially since we know from Rachel Maddow that the Department of Homeland Security itself has determined that terrorists likely to launch attacks in this country are radicalized AFTER living in America for a number of years rather than before they arrive.
This is a waste of time. It is dangerous. And it does NOTHING to actually keep us safe.
Update: Apparently this Muslim travel ban was fast tracked to cheer Trump up after he lost his shit due to the Sessions' recusal.
Courtesy of Vox:
That night at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had dinner with Sessions, Bannon, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, among others. They tried to put Trump in a better mood by going over their implementation plans for the travel ban, according to a White House official.
In other words when Cheeto Hitler gets angry it makes him feel better to punish the most vulnerable and defenseless group he can find.
Doesn't that make you feel proud to be an American?