Thursday, March 21, 2019

It's Not The Only Thing We Have To Fear

Do you remember when our "President" proposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States? You might remember it better as Executive Order 13769, formally titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. 13769 lowered the number of refugees to be admitted into the United States in 2017 to fifty thousand, suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for one hundred twenty days, suspended the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, directed some cabinet secretaries to suspend entry of those whose countries do not meet adjudication standards under U.S. immigration law for ninety days, and included exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Homeland Security lists these countries as IranIraqLibyaSomaliaSudanSyria, and Yemen. The public was unhappy. So much so that it was only in place for a month and a half before Executive Order 13780 suspended it. 13780,  titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is an executive order signed by United States the "President"  on March 6, 2017. It places limits on travel to the U.S. from certain countries, and bars entry for all refugees who do not possess either a visa or valid travel documentstravel is banned on tourist or business visas for nationals of Libya and Yemen, as well as some government officials of Venezuela; on all, except student and exchange visitor visas, for nationals of Iran; on immigrant visas for nationals of Somalia; and for all travel for nationals of North Korea and Syria.
If you were from New Zealand and wanted to pop on over to the United States to see the sights or to shoot up a mosque or two, there would be no restrictions. Or if you wanted to march through the streets of Charlottesville carrying torches, shouting slogans of hate you could make the trip. All the way from Santa Clara, California. Or if it came into your head to open fire at a Pittsburgh area and kill eleven, you wouldn't have to worry about having your travel inhibited. Because you already live here. 
Where is the travel ban on our homegrown terrorists? Why aren't we paying attention to the actual threat? If you guessed that it has something to do with the color of your skin, you may be onto something. Executive Order 13790? Protecting the Nation from Homegrown Idjits. 

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