Trump Score Card
A refugee, not to be confused with an illegal immigrant, is defined by Section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her home country because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin. So America has a legal process for refugees entering into the United States.
Just before Donald Trump won the Presidential election on Nov 8, 2016, the United Nations came out with an alarming report. The report stated that an ‘Unprecedented’ 65 million refugees were displaced by war and persecution in 2015 worldwide.
The latest reports show that the number of refugees admitted to the United States was cut by nearly half in the first three months of the Trump administration compared with the final three months of the Obama presidency. And the number of refugees arriving in the U.S. dipped to a six-year low.
1/27/16: President Trump signed an executive order for 'extreme vetting' of refugees, suspending almost all refugee admissions for four months and indefinitely barring entry for some Syrians. Trump said the new measure was intended “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” He also stated "We will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do while protecting our own citizens and voters."
"This is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion -- this is about terror and keeping our country safe."
Trump's executive order suspended all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days. The State Department said the three-month ban in the directive applied to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — all Muslim-majority nations.
3/6/17: The Trump administration rolled out the second edition of the immigration executive order after the first order was blocked by lower court Obama selected judges. But on 6/26/17 the Supreme Court evetually ruled unamimously (9-0) in Trump's favor for the travle ban to be allowed.
So setting emotions aside lets look at the facts on why we graded President Trump B+ for this executive order. First off, it was clear that the order had not been implemented as smoothly as it was hoped to be. There was some initial confusion with green card holders who had confirmed dual citizenship. Although President Trump had quickly cleared up the issue. , it should have been implemented initially.
Another criticism of this executive order was why other countries that have a history of Islamic terrorism had been left off of the list such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia.
The following points are what ultimately earned him our B+ grade:
1: This is not a "Muslim Ban" as many of President Trump's adversaries claim. It covered only seven of the fifty Muslim-majority countries. It affects only roughly 134 million of the 1.6 billion (or roughly 2%) Muslims worldwide.
2: Yes it is true most Muslims are good, decent people. However the fact is the world has a problem with Islamic terrorism. That simply can not be disputed. The Muslim population has a disproportionate number of people who either support, or who are, terrorists.
3: Look no further than Europe's refugee crisis documentary. Syrian refugees have poured into Europe by the millions. The results? Europe's political and cultural landscape is changing rapidly and not for the better. Countries like Sweden , Germany , Britain , France and Italy have been greatly affected by Syrian refugees. Including having what's called "No Go Zones". In fact German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted to some mistakes in her refugee policy and has since arranged to pay migrants millions of dollars to leave Germany.
4: A NATO commander confirmed that ISIS is using the Syrian refugee crisis to ‘mask the movement’ of terrorists infiltrating Europe and the United States.
5: Syrian President Assad told Yahoo News some refugees are ‘definitely’ terrorists
6: America has suffered a terror attack every year under Obama including the Boston Marathon attack which was from the hands of refugee brothers. This stat does not include nearly 20 thwarted attacks just during President Obama's presidency alone.
7: Like President Trump, then President Obama also blocked all refugees from a specific country (Iraq) back in 2011.
8: Twenty one percent of Syrian refugees support ISIS.
9: It was President Obama, not President Trump who selected the list of the 7 banned countries.
10: Since 9/11, 72 individuals from those 7 countries have been convicted of terrorism.
11: Several other presidents have blocked groups of foreigners from the U.S. Obama invoked it 19 times (including blocking Iraqi refugees in 2011) Bill Clinton 12 times, George W. Bush six times and Ronald Reagan five times. George H.W. Bush invoked it once and so did Jimmy Carter.
12: This executive order at the time was one of Trump's most popular executive orders with the American people.
13: On 3/17/17 it was announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating approximately 300 refugees in the U.S. for terrorism.
So based on these points it is hard to understand why President Trump took such criticism from his opposition especially considering the executive order called for only a temporary tightening of the country’s refugee and visa policies.