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Stephen Miller: Trump Ban Fast Start Was for National Security

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By    |   Monday, 30 Jan 2017 02:39 PM

President Donald Trump, with his ban on travelers from seven Middle Eastern countries, is using an authority that has been "used repeatedly in the past," including by President Barack Obama. This executive action was signed to keep the public safe, senior adviser Stephen Miller said Monday.

"There have been hundreds and hundreds of foreign nationals and foreign-born naturalized citizens who have been implicated in terrorism in the United States since 9/11," Miller told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"This is a matter of national security . . . the United States has an absolute sovereign right to determine who can and cannot enter."

One of the more recent examples, Miller said, was when former President Barack Obama suspended an Iraqi refugee program for six months after two Iraqis were implicated in a plot in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The list of countries banned — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen — was the same list  Obama produced in 2015 for travel restriction, said Miller and was used as the "most recent assessment from the government."

"If you take a case like Yemen, part of the problem is our ability to get facts on the ground there," said Miller. "There may be other countries that do produce a lot of individuals with terrorist sympathies that maybe in those particular countries we have better information and can apply better screening centers moving forward."

Several Trump administration allies, such as Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who criticized the way the ban was rolled out, but Miller insisted it was important to roll out the executive order quickly from a standpoint of national security.

"We understand that our vetting systems do not properly function," said Miller. "And if we waited five days, 10 days, six months to begin establishing the first series of controls, we would be leaving the homeland unnecessarily vulnerable.

"It simply makes sense that you would begin to put controls in place immediately and create a 90-day period to review and assess the ideal system of controls to keep this country safe."

Part of the issues about the travel ban, which applies to people coming from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen, involved the Department of Homeland Security's determination that it would not apply to people holding green cards, which allows them lawful permanent residence, reports CNN.

The White House though, with an inner circle led by Miller and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, overruled DHS overnight, saying that the decision to allow entry would be allowed on a case-by-case basis.

"One hundred and seventy people applied for green card waivers overseas," said Miller. "Be clear, these are people who already have green cards, not people applying for new green cards. That policy has been consistent from the beginning."

Miller blamed the media for showing confusion, but "the reality is that internally we have honored every request for admission for individuals who have green cards from overseas."

There were 109 people already traveling when Trump's order was issued, said Miller, and it was important to roll out the new rules quickly.

"If you announce in five days or ten days these countries will become travel restricted you could have enormous, unintended consequences similarly," Miller commented.

"There are individuals who are plotting to engage in terrorism who simply have terrorist ideas or sympathies, they would then use that window to enter the United States. From a security standpoint that would be inexcusable."

Miller also applauded Customs and Border Patrol officers "for the professional way they have handled this circumstance in protecting the homeland and how much work they do every day."

The ban is just for 90 days, said Miller, and was something Trump promised he'd do, as "the American people overwhelmingly support it."

"Our task in this new administration is to prevent what happened in parts of France and Belgium and Germany, from happening in the United States," said Miller.

"That is the job we all share together and I hope we understand that failure in this task will have permanent repercussions for generations in this country."

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