One of two executive orders Trump signed on Friday basically shut down the flow of refugees from seven nations infected to the freakin eyebrows with Islamic terrorism.
The order is pretty straight forward and, if you aren’t eaten up with Trump-hate, it is kind of hard to say what he’s done is either wrong or bad. (Read the full text for yourself.) These are the provisions:
1. Suspends visas from nations that don’t cooperate in providing investigatory information on citizens requesting visas.
2. Suspends U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days and after that 120 days will only allow refugees from nations that are not identified as belonging to the category established above.
3. Gives priority to persecuted religious minorities.
4. Bars Syrian refugees. Period.
5. Reduces refugee intake to 50,000 from Obama’s 110,000 target.
6. Gives state and local governments more authority over refugee resettlement.
7. Rescinds Obama’s decision to allow refugees who have cooperated with terrorist groups.
8. Suspends Visa Waiver Program.
9. Increases consular staff to process visas.
10. Review visa reciprocity agreements to ensure US applicants are treated in the same manner as foreign applicants.
11. Require semi-annual reports on:
(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, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later;
(ii) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and 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, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and
(iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and
(iv) any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.
12. Review long term costs of US RAP.
Yes, this does change the way things are done but, in my view, it puts them where they should always have been.