President Donald J. Trump has taken the first steps in re-establishing the United States as a nation that honors its borders and laws. Most recently, President Trump signed an executive order that temporarily bars entrance from seven countries located in Africa and the Middle East. This temporary restriction is codified in U.S. law and precedence. President Carter barred Iranian entrance in 1979 following the Iranian Hostage Crisis. President Obama barred Iraqis from entering the U.S. back in 2011 for six months.
The reason why is because this power is protected in 8 US Code §1182 where it states the president, “…may by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants” where he thinks it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
This temporary ban is needed in order for the U.S. to create a system that can identify who exactly is coming into our country. There is no plausible identification system in these countries that can barely establish control over their own territory. This move was strictly to protect the interests and safety of the U.S., and not a so-called “Muslim ban.” According to Pew Research, the countries listed in this executive order only account for roughly 12% of the Muslim population in the world.
The second part of President Trump’s immigration plan is to strengthen the U.S. border with Mexico, to prevent the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into our country. Every country in the world has a right to control its borders. In fact, a majority of European countries have walls or fences to do so.
President Trump also plans to continue with the policy of his predecessor, President Barack Obama. The President’s plan to deport illegal immigrants in the U.S. is a carry-over of the former president that, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, deported a record 3 million illegal immigrants from 2009-16.
The one area where President Trump differs from his predecessor, he believes that because they entered the U.S. illegally, they have already violated federal law and that is sufficient to warrant removal.
Contrary to the fearmongering and the outright lies that are being spread from the left, President Trump is merely enforcing current U.S. immigration laws in order to make America safer again.
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