Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer choked up while denouncing President Trump’s executive order banning Syrian refugees from the U.S. indefinitely, halting the U.S.’s overall refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and suspending entry of persons visiting from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya for 90 days. "This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American,” Senator Schumer declared. "Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded, has been stomped upon."
Did Senator Schumer tear up after two jihadists, one of whom entered the U.S. on a fiancé visa, killed 14 innocent people in San Bernardino? No. Instead he used the tragedy to make a pitch for more rigorous gun control legislation. And the senator’s mention of tears running down the cheeks of the Statute of Liberty is no more than a repetition of the same inflammatory imagery in partisan attacks on President Trump going back more than a year before he was elected.
Senator Schumer, along with other political leaders and members of the mainstream media, should think before making hysterical statements that bear little resemblance to the truth. President Trump’s executive order is not an anti-Muslim ban. There are 56 Muslim member states in the inter-governmental Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Only 7 predominantly Muslim countries out of 56 are on the temporary entry suspension list, all of which are failed or failing states that are currently Islamic terrorist havens. Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are not on the list.
The Trump administration did not pick the seven countries on the suspension list for extra vetting randomly. The Obama administration had selected these very same countries as “countries of concern” for visa entry purposes. The difference is that the Trump administration has actually acted upon those concerns to protect Americans from potential harm. Except for Syria, the suspension affecting the listed countries times out after only 90 days, and the general refugee resettlement suspension will last only one month beyond that. Initial confusion regarding entry of green card holders has been cleared up. Green card holders from the listed countries will not be affected by the suspension.
President Trump’s executive order is a modest, narrowly tailored attempt to seriously address the jihadist threat to our country, rather than continuing to simply list terrorist havens, as Obama did, but dance around the issue. So spare us your tears, Senator Schumer, and stop politicizing the Statue of Liberty.
Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.
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