President Trump signed an executive order on Friday concerning immigration and the refugee crisis. Titled, “PROTECTING the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the order will implement a tightening on the issuing of visas, similar to what Trump referred to as “extreme vetting” during his campaign. Trump asserts that the U.S. should not admit immigrants who do not support the Constitution, or those who would follow “violent ideologies” over American law.
Section 3, titled “Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern,” resulted in “#MuslimBan” trending on Twitter Friday afternoon. The Executive Order will require immigrants’ countries to provide adequate information (determined for each country by the Secretary of Homeland Security) including whether the individuals are who they claim to be. To ease the burden on U.S. intelligence agencies, immigrants and non-immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen will not be allowed entry to the U.S. for 90 days from yesterday. The Trump Administration reserves the right to issue visas to nationals of those countries on a case-by-case basis, “when in the national interest” of the U.S.
Trump’s order redesigns and standardizes our immigration screening program, which will now include in-person interviews, a database of identity documents, and application forms that include questions “aimed at identifying fraudulent answers or malicious intent.” These steps will provide a way to ensure the identity of the applicant, determine the likelihood that the individual will be a positively contributing member of society, analyze their “ability to make contributions to the national interest,” and preemptively determine whether the individual is likely to commit a criminal or terrorist attack.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) will be suspended for 120 days as of yesterday. During that period, U.S. officials will review the USRAP application process and decide what measures must be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of U.S. citizens. When the refugee program is resumed, the objective will be to prioritize refugee claims made based on religious persecution for minority religions in the individual’s country.
The order calls for fast completion and implementation of a “bio-metric entry-exit tracking system” for all travelers to the U.S.
The Consular Fellows Program will be expanded, as well as the number of Fellows “substantially increased.”
Section 10, the last section of the order, concerns transparency. The number of foreign nationals in the U.S. who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, have been removed from the U.S. based on these offenses, have shown support to a terrorism-related organization, or have been addressed for another national security reason, will be made publicly available within 180 days.
Information about the number and types of acts of gender-based violence and any other information relevant to public safety will also be released. Gender-based violence mostly concerns women and acts such as “honor killings.”
Article originally pubished here on RefinedRight.com