Over the past week, President Donald Trump has been busy with Executive Orders, specifically 17 since he took office on the 20th. One of these most recent orders has been temporarily denying entrance into the United States from these seven different Muslim countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Since that order, protests have sprung up around the county, claiming that this move is unconstitutional, with signs claiming “[America] is a nation built by immigrants,” and that President Trump is discriminating against the Muslim religion. #MuslimBan was wildly trending on Twitter.
First off, this ban does not block access if you are Muslim – it is not a Muslim ban. It is a country ban.
Kellyanne Conway says on Fox News Sunday it's "nonsense" to label Trump's new exec order on refugees a Muslim ban.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 29, 2017
… and Kellyanne is completely right. If the Trump Administration wanted a Muslim ban they would have banned all Muslim countries. The countries that are banned at the moment is meant to protect the American people citing 2015 data published by the World Bank, named as “countries of concern” in 2016″. Is it clearly not a Muslim ban because countries such as Turkey and Pakistan (largest Muslim-majority countries) are not impacted by the ban.
This is not the first or even second time that Presidents have done a ban like this. According to Joseph Curl for the Daily Wire,
“After the 2009 discovery that two al Qaeda terrorists were living as refugees in Bowling Green, Ky., President Obama took action. “As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets,” ABC New reported in 2013. “One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.””
One refugee was found to have participated in an IED attack against the United States in the war in Iraq. The United States had him detained in Iraq – Yet he was still allowed into the United States. Retired Army Lt. Gen Michael Barbero told ABC, “How did a person who we detained in Iraq — linked to an IED attack, we had his fingerprints in our government system — how did he walk into America in 2009?””
Another Democratic President took similar action when he banned Iranians from entering the United States. According to Curl, “After 52 Americans were taken hostage in 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Jimmy Carter cut diplomatic ties with Iran, kicked all diplomats out of the U.S. and banned Iranians from entering the country.”
“The steps I have ordered today are those that are necessary now,” Carter said in announcing the move. “Other actions may become necessary if these steps do not produce the prompt release of the hostages.”
Sadly, the Democratic Left continues to ignore these facts. They defend their side and their leaders at all cost, even if the cost is the sacrifice of truth. It’s sad and outright pathetic that people’s principles change based off of who they are looking to support.
To provide more evidence of the left’s double standards, during World War 2, President Roosevelt limited the number of Jewish refugees that could enter the United States for threats of Nazi spies entering the country. “In 1939, a ship carrying hundreds of Jews was refused entry. More than a quarter of the passengers perished in the Holocaust,” the Daily Wire.
This article is not meant to decide if Trump’s actions were good, justified, or moral. But it was written to mention plenty of other cases that were very similar to President Trump’s Executive Action. But the left doesn’t mention these cases, and neither will the mainstream media, for it shows a disadvantage and weakness to their case. This was not a religion ban – this was a country ban and it has been done before.