Opponents of President Trump’s first executive order restricting travel from terror prone countries are now facing round two, as today Trump released a second order to strengthen national security and prevent those with violent intentions from entering America.
Although liberal judges and lawyers proved successful in shutting down Trump’s previous travel ban last month, today’s executive order features a different approach to achieving national security goals along with more precise wording.
Trump’s order essentially achieves the goals of his prior ban, but this time he is using leveraging U.S. embassies aboard to stop issuing visas or travel documents to immigrants from countries listed in the order, which they would require to enter America legally. This would prevent judges who make ruling based on their liberal ideals from denying Trump’s order, as they lack much of the authority needed to dictate overseas policy.
The executive order blocks the issuing of travel documents to migrants from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia for 90 days starting on March 16th, which gives airlines and agencies time to prepare. Qualified green card holders will still be allowed to travel under this ban, something that was not included in the previous order.
The document also includes a complete ban on refugee intake for 120 days and will reduce the flow from 110,000 to 50,000 per year after that time frame passes.
Another major change from the previous order is that Iraq was taken off the list of terror prone countries, bringing the total included in the ban down to six. White House officials explained this happened because the Iraqi government has imposed new vetting procedures, such as heightened visa screening and data sharing, and because of its work with the United States in countering Islamic State militants.
As expected, liberal media outlets and open borders advocates are already slamming Trump’s order, calling it “divisive” and once again claiming it’s a “Muslim ban“, despite the fact it still excludes the most populous Muslim countries.
The order, as explained officially at Whitehouse.gov, also contains a section subtitled “Transparency and Data Collection”, which calls for making public certain data points that concern national security. One of these data points includes immigrants from nations that pose a threat to America who have been radicalized after entering the country. The order specifically mentions data involving “honor killings” in the United States performed by foreign nationals, along with any other relevant information that would contribute to public safety.
(i) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation with or provision of material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national-security-related reasons;
(ii) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and who have engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States;
(iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including so-called “honor killings,” in the United States by foreign nationals; and
(iv) any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.
Donald Trump has been well known in the past for never giving up in the face of adversity, as he consistently proved during the election, and it appears that leftist opposition groups will have a long week ahead of them trying to pick apart Trump’s new order, hoping to find an angle to once again destroy it.
I have a feeling that this time, however, Trump’s legal team has done their homework and prepared for a legal assault, even though the president was well within his authority to enact his first travel ban. Regardless, in this inflamed political era, it’s a sure bet that leftists and Democrats will do anything they can to prevent Trump from strengthen the borders and upholding national security for the purpose of keeping Americans safe.
If the ban holds this time, as I suspect it will, check off another point in Trump’s column of promises that includes “Make America Safe Again”.