The two chief differences are the removal of Iraq and an end to an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, treating them instead like all other refugees. I would have left Iraq on the list. There have been a number of Iraqis arrested here in the United States on terror-related charges.
While Iraq may very be a partner in the war against ISIS, it is also a hotbed of jihad terrorism. As for Syrian refugees, they are hardly like “all other refugees.” Most of the victims of these jihad armies have been annihilated. Importing their killers is insanity.
But it is something. And for that I am grateful. Here’s what it does:
- Temporarily Restricting immigration from six countries compromised by radical Islamic terrorism: Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen
- Momentarily Freezing travel for citizens of those countries who do not have approved U.S. visas
- Suspending the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days to allow time to develop extreme vetting procedures
From NY Post :
“It is the president’s solemn duty to protect the American people and with this order President Trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in announcing the revised ban.
“As threats continue to evolve and change, common sense [dictates] that we continually re-evaluate and reassess the systems we rely upon to protect our country.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the order gives the US the ability to control who crosses its borders and to keep out those who wish to do harm.
“This executive order protects the American people — as well as lawful permanent residents — by putting in place an enhanced screening and vetting process for visitors from six nations,” Sessions said.
The revised order also ends an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and instead treats them like all other refugees.
The new order is scheduled to take effect March 16.
The delayed start date is an attempt to avoid a repeat of the mass confusion that occurred at airports across the world when the first order was put in place without warning.
Iraq welcomed the change in its status, saying it sent a “positive message” when Washington and Baghdad are working together against the Islamic State.
Thousands of Iraqis have fought alongside US troops for years or worked as translators since the US-led invasion in 2003.
Many have resettled here after being threatened for working with American troops. And US-backed Iraqi troops are involved in trying to root out Islamic State militants in Mosul.
Tillerson said the State Department reviewed the original executive order with Iraq in mind.
“Iraq is an important ally in the fight to defeat ISIS with their brave soldiers fighting in close coordination with America’s men and women in uniform,” he said.