“Muslim Travel Ban!” NOT!!

Muslim Travel Ban! NOT!!

by Rick Osmon

To believe the news channels you would think President Trump had ordered mass murder. Or that he had at least banned all travel to the US by muslims.

For anyone who relies on ANY talking head on MSM to interpret the meaning of anything major, shame on you for your laziness. If it’s something that really matters, I always go read the primary source and I re-read it and interpret it for myself. Sadly, the new Whitehouse hasn’t gotten around to publishing that one yet at the time of my writing, so, sadly, I’m relying on a *gasp* MSM as a reliable source of the text. In this rare case, it’s CNN. Maybe the Whitehouse Web Master has Sundays off. No where in the EO does it ban immigration. Or refugees. It allows for case by case for those in true dire need. What it does is put the State Department and Department of Homeland Security on the hook to fix the damn vetting system forthwith. And make it capable of serious, comprehensive vetting for hundreds of thousands of refugees. And it sets benchmarks for the performance of those departmental tasks, feasible if not easy ones. And gives those department 60 days to do so. It also puts a 90 day hold on new visas from select countries until they, the departments, can straighten out what’s wrong and fix it. And 120 day delay in accepting refugees. Honest, that’s what it says. It says nothing about extending the time limits nor the conditions of the tasks nor the visa hold or any conditions that might lead to a change there. It did task those agencies to make sure that if anyone was vetted by a foreign state under false pretenses would understand exactly how such an act would affect relations between our two nations, maybe not in those exact terms, but the idea is clearly there. That is a very well placed, but unsaid bit of foreign policy :
“(e) After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires [the task completion time for the departments – Rick], the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.

(f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment”
That is freaking brilliant! It puts both departments on notice to not only fix this, but to work together to accomplish that. And it tasks those departments to at least try to get the other governments, you know, the seven on the list, to cooperate. It also puts seven countries on notice to get their act together about either state supported terrorism or passive support or prepare to be isolated.

The emergency stay for the two guys at JFK issued by the Brooklyn Fed judge would be under the clause about case by case and dire need. An emergency stay has a time limit. So do the Depatments of State and of Homeland Security.

Hey, read it for yourself and let me know if and where you disagree. Read it HERE. Or better yet, oops. Whitehouse website still dark on this one. HERE

At least ABC’s coverage of everything is, oddly, some of the most “well rounded” for the issue
See that HERE

Trump added three to the already existing 2011 list because of reccommedations from the departments. The State Department can offer recommendations for additions or removals to that list.
The New York Federal Court placed a temporary,”emergency stay” for two men who were turned down for entry, who also happened to have green cards. At least one is already released. The judge did not “strike down” any part of the EO. As for it being overturned by ANY court capable of making it stick, it has never yet happened.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”)

KELLYANNE CONWAY: I was stopped many times – weren’t you? – after 9/11. I didn’t resemble or share a name with or be part of any kind of terrorist conspiracy. But this is what we do to keep a nation safe. I mean, there are – this whole idea that they’re being separated and ripped from their families – it’s temporary. And it’s just circumstantial in terms of whether you’re one of those 300 and some who was already on an aircraft or trying to get an aircraft, as opposed to the over 3,000 children who will be forevermore separated from the parents who perished on 9/11.

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