Two Orders…Different or the Same?

Trump’s recent executive order is not without precedent. Despite Obama’s tweet in November of 2015, “Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do,” in 2011 his State Department stopped processing ALL Iraqi refugees for 6 months, including those who had helped our US troops. So the intense negative reaction to Trump’s executive order appears to be a double standard and one that Obama once created with respect to himself if you look at the Iraqi refugees back in 2011 versus the Syrian refugees in 2015. TheFederalist.com, writer Sean Davis, reported in 2015 on the differences or lack thereof between Trump’s order and the 2011 action. What’s the difference between our last president’s decision to stop Iraqis in order to analyze and improve our security screening process for visas and our new president’s decision to do the same but for less time and a handful more countries? In my attempt to research I was only able to find a handful of news articles that were even written about the 2011 action. The New York Times article “Visa Delays Put Iraqis Who Aided U.S. in Fear” by Tim Arango not once stated that the delay was a bad idea or that the administration was wrong to put it in play, instead it just talked about how the U.S. government had left behind people that helped them during the war. Trump’s program yes, halts more than just one country but with the exception of Syria it’s for half the time Obama did and for the exact same reason, trying to validate that our screening system is as in-depth and secure as it needs to be. Isn’t this a double standard?

By the way, of the 325,000 people who arrived from overseas only 109 were detained for further screening as reported in the article by Arango in The New York Times.

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