I've been alternately amused and angered by the reaction of the mainstream media and many left-wing and progressive sources to President Trump's executive order barring refugees from seven countries from admission to the USA for 90 days. It's not a permanent ban - it's temporary, to ensure that vetting and screening procedures are adequate, and if necessary improved - but to judge by the shrieks of horror and outrage, anyone would think the President had condemned those refugees to death (if they are 'refugees' at all, of course).
There are three realities - verifiable, objective facts - that the protesters and complainers are refusing to accept, or even mention.
- The executive order is not a ban directed against Muslims. It affects seven nations, not seven religions (or even one of the latter). There are dozens of other nations with majority Muslim populations that are not affected at all, and whose citizens remain free to enter the USA upon compliance with standard norms and conditions. If this were a ban on Muslims, those nations and their citizens would also have been affected. Q.E.D.
- President Trump did not designate seven nations in his executive order. He designated only one - Syria. The other six - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen - were designated either in the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 - signed into law by President Obama - or by the Department of Homeland Security in 2016 - also on President Obama's watch. See US Customs and Border Protection guidelines for further information.
- It was a deliberate policy of the Obama administration to admit refugees even if adequate background checks could not be conducted. FBI Director James Comey admitted as much to Congress, openly, with virtually no negative media reaction. It's the fruits of that neglect that President Trump is now attempting to address with his executive order.
I'm truly sorry for the refugees caught up in this mess. I really do feel their pain and fear, because I've worked in refugee camps in Africa. I understand, having seen it at first hand, how devastating can be the effects of being cut off from any form of security, being rootless, adrift in a sea of humanity without any anchors.
Nevertheless, the USA must ensure its own security first. Fundamentalist terrorism is already a reality in this country, and individuals from the seven nations affected by the President's executive order have been shown to be part of the threat. Therefore, everyone from those nations is under heightened suspicion, and all must be investigated and cleared before being allowed to carry on as normal.
That's the reality of the security situation. If you think it isn't . . . then you have no idea what you're talking about. Of course, that applies to many, if not most, of the protestors. Take a look at the signs they're waving outside US airports at present. Those signs make it clear that many protestors are simply Trump opponents, not supporters of immigration or refugee admission. They're using this as just another opportunity to make trouble for the President. So much for their integrity . . .