The Effects of Trump’s Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Terrorists, also known as “the Muslim Ban”
According to a summary provided by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the effects of the ban differ according to the visa category. The affected countries discussed below include Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen.
The visa issuance program plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties. Since the September 11, 2001 attack, improvements in vetting visa applicants have resulted in numerous foreign-born individuals being convicted of terrorist-related crimes. Deteriorating conditions in the world make it more likely that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must make sure it does not admit anyone who bears a hostile attitude toward it.
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s job just got harder when the entire senior management staff at the State Department resigned. The biggest loss was Patrick Kennedy, who was the number 2 man in charge, and had been at his job for nine years through both Republican and Democrat administrations.
Border security is critically important to national security. “Aliens” who illegally enter without inspection or admission pose a threat to national security. The recent surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has placed a significant strain on federal resources and overwhelmed agencies in charge of border security. The purpose of this order is to direct all government agencies to deploy all lawful means to secure the southern border.
Enforcing immigration laws in the interior of the USA is important for public safety. Many “aliens” who enter illegally or who overstay their visas are a threat to public safety. Sanctuary cities violate federal laws by shielding illegal immigrants from removal, Tens of thousands of removable aliens have been released into our communities because their home countries refuse to take them back.
On the campaign trail in August 2016, Trump told a crowd during a campaign rally in Phoenix that he would direct law enforcement authorities to deport all convicted criminals illegally in the USA, a group he estimated to be about 2 million people. “We will begin moving them out day one,” he said. “Day one, my first hour, those people are gone.”
A law suit filed by AILA and other Immigration and Civil Rights Groups alleges that since the beginning of summer 2016 the organizations began receiving reports that people presenting themselves at the border requesting asylum were being turned away by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The BRIDGE Act, initially introduced in the Senate in 2016 was reintroduced to the new Congress, and to the House for the first time just eight days prior to President-elect Trump having a chance to revoke the executive order that granted deportation protection to DACA recipients.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Reports on Senator Sessions Comments on Immigration at his Confirmation Hearing
On the proposed Muslim Ban: the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 to not block Muslims from entering. Senator Jeff Sessions was one of the four votes supporting the ban on Muslims.
On December 9, 2016, Senator Grahams (Republican- South Carolina), Durbin (Democrat- Illinois), Murkowski (Republican- Arkansas) and Flake (Republican- Arizona) and Schumer (Democrat – New York) introduced the BRIDGE Act (Bar removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy Act), to provide temporary protection to those who qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) under President Obama’s Executive Action.