January 25, 2017 2:30 pm by Jacob McAllister
Trump’s Muslim ban is a go…
The Huffington Post is reporting that Trump is planning to unveil the details of his Muslim ban to be announced later this week. They have published a draft of a leaked executive order which will drastically limit immigration and refugee admission to the U.S., specifically regarding immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries. The document was leaked to them this afternoon. Here are some of the details of the plan from the HuffPost:
- Block refugee admissions from the war-torn country of Syria indefinitely.
- Suspend refugee admissions from all countries for 120 days. After that period, the U.S. will only accept refugees from countries jointly approved by the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Director of National Intelligence.
- Cap total refugee admissions for fiscal year 2017 at 50,000 ― less than half of the 110,000 proposed by the Obama administration.
- Ban for 30 days all “immigrant and non-immigrant” entry of individuals from countries designated in Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 consolidated appropriations act: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. These countries were targeted last year in restrictions on dual nationals’ and recent travelers’ participation in the visa waiver program.
- Suspend visa issuance to countries of “particular concern.” After 60 days, DHS, the State Department and DNI are instructed to draft a list of countries that don’t comply with requests for information. Foreign nationals from those countries will be banned from entering the U.S.
- Establish “safe zones to protect vulnerable Syrian populations.” The executive order tasks the secretary of defense with drafting a plan for safe zones in Syria within 90 days. This would be be an escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria and could be the first official indication of how Trump will approach the conflict there.
- Expedite the completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all visitors to the U.S. and require in-person interviews for all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa.
- Suspend the visa interview waiver program indefinitely and review whether existing reciprocity agreements are reciprocal in practice.
The language is vague and open-ended and leaves the door open for massive, broad inclusion on the list. This marks another in a disturbing trend of authoritarian moves by the administration in its first week. Ultimately this is a symbolic decree, and will do little to prevent terrorism.
The list contains the following countries: Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran. The one overarching theme here is that all countries have been violently intervened with sometime in the recent past by the U.S. government. Notably absent from the list is Saudi Arabia. From The Intercept:
And consider that Iran, where al Qaeda, ISIS, and other anti-American terrorist organizations have no significant foothold, is included — but Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 9/11 hijackers came from and which has been a funding source for extremist groups, is not included.
The Saudi connection is important for two reasons. Most obviously, if this truly about stopping terrorism, you would think one of the biggest sponsors of terrorism would be on that list. The other is that Trump repeatedly raised questions about the Clinton Foundation’s links to the Saudi government, suggesting that her foundation supported terrorists (albeit indirectly) through Saudi donations. So, when it serves Donald’s needs, the Saudis are considered a nation sympathetic to terrorism, but other times, eh not so much…
Trump’s Muslim Immigration Executive Order: If We Bombed You, We Ban You
Read the full leaked order below: