Last night, Trump signed his latest executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
Trump has barred any one from the following seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, totally 134 million people, from entering the United States.
He’s also froze the refugee program, effectively banning any refugees from entering the country for the next 4 months.
He believes terrorists exploit our immigration and refugee programs.
So why these 7 countries? It doesn’t seem like anyone has the answer to that question. Strangely, no immigrant or refugee from any of the seven countries selected has committed a fatal terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 1975.
The 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and the UAE; none of those countries made the list. The San Bernardino shooting was committed by an US citizen of Pakistani decent, and his wife from Pakistan, also not on the list. The Pulse Nightclub shooting was perpetrated by a US born citizen of Afgan decent, again, not on the list. The 2009 Fort Hood shooting? Born in Virginia, of Palestinian decent. The Boston Marathon bombers grew up in Massachusetts, born to Chechan parents. The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter was born in Alaska.
The list goes on and on, point being, there is little reasoning behind picking those 7 countries, aside from them all being muslim predominate countries.
However, countries of which Trump has done business with, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, for example, were conveniently left out of the order.
The goal of this executive order is to “protect americans,” but it feels more like pure discrimination against Muslims (especially since Trump’s said Christian refugees would get priority over Muslim refugees), and this is exactly what the terrorists want: to alienate Muslims around the world enough until they see the West as their enemy, and join the extremist side.
The likelihood of being killed by a terrorist attack in America is exceptionally small. To quote the Cato Institute:
Including those murdered in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), the chance of an American perishing in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil that was committed by a foreigner over the 41-year period studied here is 1 in 3.6 million per year. The hazard posed by foreigners who entered on different visa categories varies considerably. For instance, the chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year while the chance of being murdered in an attack committed by an illegal immigrant is an astronomical 1 in 10.9 billion per year. By contrast, the chance of being murdered by a tourist on a B visa, the most common tourist visa, is 1 in 3.9 million per year.
Trump has also attacked the American vetting process, which is one of the most complex and grueling vetting programs in the world. One average, it’s about a 2 year process, in which families are investigated by numerous governmental agencies.
This executive order isn’t stopping terrorists from coming into the United States, it’s preventing fleeing families from reaching safety in the United States. It’s playing right into the terrorists hands.
May the Force be with us