Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been in the headlines again, this time after showing her indifference towards the 9/11 terror attacks. In fact, she’s made them outright diminutive to her lazy narrative of self-victimization.
After Omar referred to the 9/11 attacks as, “some people did something,” Democrats in Congress haven’t just failed to condemn her remarks, they are again making Omar the victim of her own hateful rhetoric. The latest detachment from realty and truth comes with yet another fallacy – persecuting President Trump for what they call a “Muslim Ban.”
This behavior is just the latest disruptive and irresponsible attack against the Trump Administration and his supporters.There is no “Muslim Ban.” Executive Order 13780, titled, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, puts limits on travel primarily from countries into the United States. North Korea (an atheist nation) and Venezuela (predominately Christian), as well as Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen are on the list of those restricted.
Not only is it not an outright ban on all of these nations, but the action has also been upheld by the United States Supreme Court as recent as 2018. Freshman obstructionists such as Omar and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tliab (D-MI) have chosen to dishonestly and irresponsibly call the travel ban a Muslim ban to further their divisive attacks on the nation. This is a blatant lie in all forms and contexts.
There are 50 Muslim countries not on the list, including the top 5 countries with the highest Muslim population in the world: Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Furthermore, more than 25% of those living in the 7 countries on the list are not Muslim at all.There is truth, however, that President Obama’s administration progressively singled out Muslims when considering the Nation’s Security. The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 was signed into law as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act by President Obama in 2015. This action originally affected only four countries, all of which are Muslim nations: Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Sudan. Libya, Yemen, and Somalia (also Muslim) were added later as “countries of concern” by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson during the Obama administration.
In fact, Brunei was the only Muslim nation included in the VWP which made citizens of 38 countries and territories eligible for visa-free entry into the United States. In other words, 54 of 55 Muslim nations had restrictions under a plan supported by 165 House Democrats including Nancy Pelosi and the often-outspoken Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Adam Schiff (D-CA).President Trump took an umbrella of restrictions and bans by the Obama Administration and advocated for common sense policies that focused on our national security while also being conscientious of immigration and asylum laws already in practice.
As of the most recent revision in April 2018, travel is banned on tourist or business visas for nationals of Libya and Yemen, as well as some government officials of Venezuela. Student and exchange visitor visas are still allowed from Iran, while there are restrictions on immigrant visas for nationals of Somalia; and for all travel for nationals of North Korea and Syria.
Syria is the only country with a Muslim population that has a full ban on travel to the United States, including the nation’s 15% Christian population. To put that into perspective against the false cries of a “Muslim Ban,” the ban on Syria’s 16-million Muslims represents only .008% of the world’s Muslim population.
Under President Trump the United States has been made safer from radicals outside of the Western Hemisphere, while also less restrictive for those wanting to travel here in accordance with our laws and expectations, including Muslims. To argue otherwise is to argue ignorantly and without facts.
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