I want to point out that as of January 2016, under Obama, the visa waiver did not apply in cases where a person had previously traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen on or after 1 March 2011 or for those folks who were dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria. Certain categories such as diplomats, military, journalists, humanitarian workers or legitimate businessmen could however have their visa requirement waived but only by the Secretary of Homeland Security. So, in a sense, there was already, under Obama, for a year, a closer scrutiny going on with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and those designated countries were singled out by Obama’s administration.
So those are facts. Obama’s administration tagged these states. Trump’s just went the extra insane mile on them.
Now could all of this been handled a different way, a better way, a quite way, as Obama had? Sure. The current POTUS could have said, “In 14 days all green card holders and visa holders from a certain regional block (the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Asian subcontinent) have to be in the country or be locked out.” He could have done that. (Not sure on the legality, but he could have said it.)
Instead, POTUS chose to single out the Obama-administration flagged nations.
POTUS also chose to announce on CBN (the Christian Broadcasting Network) that he was interested in helping Christians from these flagged nations, but not anyone else in those nations. Here’s a section of the interview below
DAVID BRODY: “Persecuted Christians, we’ve talked about this, the refugees overseas. The refugee program, or the refugee changes you’re looking to make. As it relates to persecuted Christians, do you see them as kind of a priority here?”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Yes.”
DAVID BRODY: “You do?”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
So we are going to help Syrian Christians, but not Syrian Muslims. Does that translate into a Muslim Ban? Yeah, it kinda does. And for the record, all these countries have minority groups of Christians. Apparently even practitioners of other minority religions, like Yazidis, don’t rank for help either despite the fact they went through a genocide at the hands of ISIS.
POTUS could have left current visa/ green card holders alone and simplysaid no more green cards or visas would be issued for certain countries after X date until all current green card and visa holders from those countries were vetted. He could have done that. But he didn’t. He could even have quietly had all these visa and green cards investigated while quietly ramping down any new visas or green cards to people from those countries. But he didn’t.
So you have to ask yourself, why did he do it this way?
The POTUS wanted to cause a lot of chaos abroad to provoke these nations and at home to create a smokescreen his other actions. This executive action, done this way, was intended to smoke screen changes to the National Security Council at home, without attracting much fuss from the press. Mission accomplished. (Wake up media!) It was also intended to provoke these nations and Muslim groups into overt hostile action so that POTUS can start a war, build up the military, and use nukes. As he’s said over and over, in multiple interviews, he wants to take and keep their oil.
That’s how people in the region will view his actions. I can’t actually disagree with them. It’s how I view them. His actions have no other apparent purpose.
I want to add that cancelling all the visas and green cards from these countries, documents the USA already issued, is just going to result in Supreme Court action because these are federally issued documents. I’m sure we will see a lawsuit Monday morning, as well as more protests.
This is a totally ridiculous ban on refugee and immigrant people who were already vetted once, even more than once in the case of those who served as Army translators (which is how they got documents in the first place). So all of this is stupid and simply intended to distract and inflame.
My guess is that vulnerable poor refugee people will be locked out, indefinitely. They can go to Canada, as Canada has said they would honor those visas and green cards. But it’s insulting. Green cards say right on them “United States of America Permanent Resident” meaning, they are allowed to be in the USA permanently. There’s nowhere else they can go. Learn to read, POTUS.
Rich people with connections to big companies like Google and Apple will just enter on private corporate planes landing at private air strips. This happens all the time. It’s what being rich is all about. No on bats an eye.
People with moderate means might fly into Mexico and try to get across the border with coyotes or even sail in on boats under the cover of night. If I was Mexico, I’d certainly let them in just to stick it to the POTUS. I’d send them with Mexican troops to help those folks walk across the border.
Let’s face it, all these immigrants / refugees have legal documents allowing them to be in the US and once they are back in the US, what can the POTUS actually do? Nothing.
All of this stuff is just further proof the POTUS needs to be replaced on grounds of mental illness. To cause this sort of chaos and upset and offense to so many people who did all the right things is just insane. To put our embassies, armies, and business people in jeopardy abroad with this kind of childish behavior is literally insane.
I’d like to think the Republican party will remove POTUS from office in the first 100 days under the 25th amendment. I guess ideally they’d rather he have a heart attack from age or overwork so as not alienate voters who voted for him. But they can hardly act as representatives of the American people, sworn to uphold the government and protect it from all threats foreign and domestic, and let a mentally ill POTUS continue to destroy the nation.
I suppose on the plus side, the Trump children have finally been able to rip control of the Trump businesses from his hands. I expect they actually encouraged him to run in the hopes of doing just that. They seem very much a family being held hostage. Every time I look at poor Melania, I cringe. So pretty and kind, caring and intelligent, yet the POTUS humiliates her time and again. This week, the Vogue Mexico cover blew up in her face like eggs from a microwave. It’s like he just does these things to her for kicks.
I do think his wife and family genuinely love him. I think they are trying to protect him and the people of America from his madness, but at a certain point, you just have to come clean. It’s not helping anyone to let a madman destroy what it took all of America 250 years to build.
So, that’s my two cents. I probably won’t say more on this subject. You can feel free to disagree. At least for now. I mean I’m not sure how long free speech will be a given.