The scenario playing out today in the news..... Oh how quickly people forget....or maybe they weren't paying attention because it was their guy in office at the time? Or maybe they quietly passed the legislation and kept it under the radar?
Either way, it's irritating to watch one side complain that the president is banning a certain religion because he hates them, or because they are countries that his former business doesn't have dealings with or maybe it's because those countries don't like the color blue? Who the hell knows.
And it's irritating to watch the second side complain about the first side's bitching.
But the truth of the matter is that the list of countries were not the current president's list. And the law for them was signed in January of 2015 to take effect January 21, 2016.
Yes, there are differences. But the similarities out-weight the differences.
On January 21, the U.S. State Department began implementing changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program
Citizens of 38 countries, including many E.U. states, do not need visas to travel to the United States. But the new measure bars citizens of those countries who are also dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan from participating in the program. Those who have travelled to those four countries since 2011 also cannot participate, according to some interpretations.
The change was first proposed by Congress to make it more difficult for terrorists who hold E.U. or other citizenships to enter the United States. House Resolution 158 passed 407 to 19 on December 8. President Obama signed it into law as part of a $1.1 trillion spending bill on December 18, 2015.
Now that was a tad more than a year ago.
What's different about the new president's executive order?
Not a lot.
But there are some differences.
Syria was added fully, not just dual nationals.
They've added a temporary moratorium on entering the country from the seven countries listed, including refugees, for three months....at least until a better vetting period can be established.
The president has asked for a report detailing countries listed in 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and 120 days from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the FBI. Basically the new president wants a uniform screening standard established.
The Secretaries of State and the Department of Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit refugees on a case-by-case basis. The Secretary of Homeland Security can examine existing law to determine how State and local jurisdictions can have a greater involvement in refugee placement in their jurisdictions.
More power to the States.
Whereas previous law shows that dual citizens (if said country is one of the seven listed) in the VWP program cannot enter, and under the new executive order they cannot still, but now all those nonimmigrant visa wannabe's must have a face-to-face interview whereas it wasn't required before.
Wow. A face-to-face interview. Personally, I'm amazed this wasn't done already.
The new EO also aims to ensure that reciprocity of VWPs is being honored. This means that as American's travel overseas, they are not being denied entrance disproportionately to other countries.
No, this is not hypocritical. It's just the flip side of the same coin.
The new EO also asks for a report of gender-based violence against women in the United States by foreign nationals.
So yes, there are differences. But the basis is the same as what was put in place in 2015.
It's not a ban on muslims.
It's not a ban on countries that *don't* have Trump business.
It's not a ban on foreign christians.
It's a tightening of the belt of previous laws.
It's something very similar to Clinton's State of the Union Address in 1996.
Whether you are for this president or against, doesn't matter.
What does matter are the facts.
Like Obama? Like Trump?
It makes no difference. Just make sure you like facts better.
And for GUCKS sake, quit speaking from fear. Knowledge alleviates fear.