Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Muslims Banned


Trump has banned more than 134 million people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering our country for at least the next 90 days by executive order.  It’s likely just the first step toward establishing a broader ban.  His executive order bars all people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. 

When asked what criteria the administration will consider as it looks to expand the ban beyond the initial seven countries, a Trump representative simply said the "mandate is to keep America safe.--"Not going to take any risks."

Under the Obama administration those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as "countries of concern."  However, Trump’s order exempts diplomats and members of international organizations.  The order also directs the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine which countries don’t provide "adequate information" for its citizens to be issued visas.

During the primary campaign, Trump called for banning all Muslims, before shifting to banning individuals from countries with terrorist links, but never specified the countries.  

Trump also ordered stopping the admission of all refugees for the next four months.  During that time, Trump's Secretary of State will review the screening process for refugees.  The process is already rigorous and often takes successful refugee applicants at least two years to be admitted into the United States.

Trump cut the number of refugees who would eventually be admitted in 2017 to 50,000 from the 110,000 cap established by former President Obama.  He issued an edict that the order for prioritizing refugees for entry be based on religious persecution, "provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion."  That would open the door for Christian refugees from Muslim-majority countries to be accepted, while Muslims fleeing those countries would be excluded.

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