Are you fuming over Trump’s Executive Order to ban refugees from seven Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen)? Are you proclaiming he is “literally Hitler” as a response? If so, your anger is completely misplaced.
But, that is okay. With the likes of CNN constantly twisting facts to paint an alternative reality, it is hard to not feel enraged by their click-bait titles and tabloid-like “journalism”.
Anyway, let’s set the facts straight, shall we? To start,
Trump’s Executive Order was highly logical and appropriate.
Trump believes the US immigration vetting process is severely lacking for protecting Americans. He has been saying that during his entire campaign for the Oval Office. In other words, he is staying true to his campaign promises.
But what must he do?
Logically, he needs to stop any incoming of people from countries of concern, until a satisfactory vetting process can be put in place. In other words, if the US customs cannot distinguish a threat from a non-threat, then it needs to take a break and figure out how it can get better at making such a call.
Would you keep eating all mushrooms when you have no idea which one is good for you and which one will kill you? No, you stop eating them until you have read enough books on mushrooms to be able to spot the poisonous ones.
So, how can Trump quickly determine which countries are “countries of concern”?
He doesn’t have to. Someone else already did the research for him:
In 2016, Obama singled out Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen as countries of concern.
This was reflected in Obama’s change to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.
In pertinent parts:
The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern. . . The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions. . . .
Putting it all together:
- Trump believes the US vetting process is putting the safety of Americans at risk
- He needed to act fast to mitigate this risk
- To act fast:
- He suspended the vetting process by prohibiting entry into the US
- He limited the impact to only countries Obama has determined as “countries of concern”
- He further limited the impact by requesting his office to come up with a satisfactory vetting process within 90 days
No overreaction. No overreaching. No allowance for slow responses. As such, this Executive Order was highly logical and very appropriate, indeed.
Now that you know the truth behind the Executive Order, pass this message along to everyone you know, so we can put a stop to this embarrassingly manufactured outrage.