Trashing Trump's Temporary Travel Trial
"In the coming days, we will develop a system to help ensure that those admitted into our country fully embrace our values of religious and personal liberty, and that they reject any form of oppression and discrimination."
"We want people to come into our nation, but we want people to love us and to love our values -- not to hate us and to hate our values. We will be a safe country. We will be a free country. And we will be a country where all citizens can practice their beliefs without fear of hostility or fear of violence."
U.S. President Donald Trump
"The Islamic State has vowed to infiltrate the refugee stream, and European authorities have acknowledged that it has done so. The jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 were all refugees."
"The choice we face is to ban temporarily some legitimate travellers or to allow in people among whom will almost certainly be some Islamic jihadis."
"Clearly, there need to be restrictions until better vetting procedures can be developed and implemented."
Robert Spencer, director, Jihad Watch
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"In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law."
"[The United States] should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred [including 'honour' killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own] or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation."
"[Based on the] deteriorating conditions in certain countries [caused by war, civil unrest and other issues, there is now a higher chance that] terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. [The United States] must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism."
Temporary U.S. Travel Ban, Presidential Executive Order
"People think that everyone has these robust databases and that big Uncle Sam knows everything going on. It's more difficult than people think."
"ISIS has gotten much better at acquiring those [networks helping terrorists with fake travel documents] through nefarious means."
"We need to figure out better ways to vet individuals coming from anywhere, not just those seven countries [Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen]."
Drew Berquist, counterterrorism expert, founder OpsLens
"I think it's important to look at what we're dealing with, based on looking at the order itself. I don't think in reality it's a Muslim ban."
"[Islamism, a political movement to institute Sharia law; Islamists] believe the state should derive its identity from Islam [leading to repressive Islamist regimes in the Arab world]."
"[Jihadism] is the way you domestically or globally achieve those Islamic state ends, through war or through non-violent struggle."
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder, president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
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Acts of bigotry or hatred? Honour killings? Violence against Women? Persecution of those practising religions different from their own? Those seeking to oppress Americans of any race, gender or sexual orientation? Who could fit that description? If that is known, it is the case of if the shoe fits, it is a recognition of the wearer, for whom all those descriptives also fit. Making them unfit to become a part of a Western, democratic society where freedoms and equality represent the basic values to be protected and cherished. So if that presidential executive order that is causing so much consternation at home and abroad makes that abundantly clear, what is the issue?
This is, after all, a temporary ban, one long overdue in due diligence. It points out that before the 9/11 terrorist attacks that roiled the world and traumatized the United States, the "State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans". And nor was there sufficient intelligence cooperation between the CIA and the FBI to share alerts on file, on some of the perpetrators as a forewarning of the potential for an attack.
It is never too late to learn. And although these assaults cannot be entirely prevented at all times, to be aware and to tighten vital rules and security regulations meant to minimize opportunities for such terrorist attacks to occur, is the duty of any country toward its citizens. Because not every potential attack can be avoided, it should be noted that at times citizens born in the United States and achieving a notable position as professionals given every opportunity to achieve their aspirations, still take it upon themselves to mount terrorist attacks.
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President Trump voiced his concerns, and he also stated :"We want people to come into our nation . . .", but without the intention to do harm. The travel ban is of a temporary nature. Conceived in haste and executed without due consideration for the impact it would have on various segments of the travelling public, but nevertheless recognized by the U.S. executive administration of its necessity. In all fairness it is difficult to fault either the administration or the need to take this step. Extraordinary only in the sense that it runs against the grain.
The elite authorities and politicians throughout Europe are scandalized, utterly shocked. A veritable flood of endless refugees and economic migrants have inundated Europe, and though European nations like Italy, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, and the Scandinavian countries in particular have already been overrun with Muslim immigrants impacting their heritage, culture and laws, more have arrived and will continue to arrive, seeking haven from oppression, conflict, tribal and religious threats and lack of economic opportunities.
Despite the deadly attacks that have plagued France and Belgium, along with other European countries whose Muslim citizens have chosen to radicalize, living in no-go zones threatening to the common weal, committing crimes and altering national traditions while transforming great tracts of geography into hostile-to-the-host-country reflections of their places of birth which they fled, leaving the accepting governments in turmoil attempting to cope with their citizens' backlash, the government elites, the leftist academics and the unions have all denounced and protested the temporary U.S. travel ban.
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For that matter, so too have Americans, which is to say those Americans who are of the Hollywood and celebrity class, the academics and student bodies at universities, political leftists, the mainstream media, wealthy socialists NGOs and influential foundations in the United States. While protests take place in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Sydney, Washington and New York, Boston and Seattle do their part in protesting the 'bigotry' and 'Islamophobia' that has overtaken the United States government in singling out Islamists for especial investigative treatment.
Interestingly enough while the political correctness that is being put to the test by the new U.S. administration, its virtue now cast in question, causing an uproar in the judicial community, in churches and their upstanding social contract groups supporting the 'underdog' and condemning the 'oppressors' like Israel, this new administration is being enabled to experience first-hand the isolation brought to bear by those who condemn the only democratic nation in the Middle East, while overlooking the discriminatory, bigoted countries surrounding it for whom violence remains a way of life and who dominate, threaten and attack Christians while fighting sectarian battles between themselves.
Even more interesting is a Morning Consult/Politico poll which concludes that 54 percent of Americans, which is to say, the 'common man', support the temporary travel ban, while 38 percent oppose it. Furthermore, a poll released this week representing over ten thousand people in ten countries of Europe, commissioned by Chatham House, showed that 55 percent agreed, with 25 percent disagreeing with the statement: "All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped."