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The Ugly Truth About Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

DETAILS OF THE NEW TRAVEL BAN

The ban halts entry for 90 days for people from six Muslim-majority nations?—?Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The administration described three of the nations on the list?—?Syria, Iran and Sudan?—?as state sponsors of terrorism.

The new travel ban removed Iraq from the list of nations previously listed in the earlier ban. Tillerson explained the exclusion by stating that Iraq is an important ally in the fight against ISIS. He then commended the Iraqi government for enhancing travel documentation.

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS UGLY:

Additionally, Trump’s order suspends the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days, though refugees already formally scheduled for travel by the State Department will be allowed entry. When the suspension is lifted, the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. will be capped at 50,000 for the fiscal year 2017.

Other changes made include no longer singling out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban. Syrian refugees will now be treated like other refugees and be subjected to the 120-day suspension of the refugee program.

The new version also removes language that would give priority to religious minorities. Critics had accused the administration of adding such language to help Christians get into the United States while excluding Muslims.

What that means is that the minority religious tenant and extreme vetting measures that Trump promised on the campaign trail have been eliminated from the Syrian refugee entry criteria.

This new measure is a stark contrast to what he said after signing the first executive order.

After the initial 120-day suspension the program will, barring any additional revisions, continue as it has since Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which created the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program and the current national standard for the screening and admission of refugees into the country.

The only clear difference is that rather than accepting 110,000 refugees, as the Obama administration allowed last year, Trump issued a cap of 50,000 entries through the end of 2017. Beyond 2017, there is no information yet that the number of refugee entries will be limited.

 

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Lita is a rock ribbed conservative from rural Georgia. She is the former State Director of Lone Star Liberty-Georgia, a freelance writer, founder of The Conservative Bullhorn and Conservatives United Against Progressivism. She is also a lifelong pro-life, constitutional rights activist. She is the mother of 3, a Christian, gun enthusiast and enjoys playing guitar. She has organized efforts in Georgia to fight back against special interest groups and government officials who have sought to limit our individual freedoms. She fought on behalf of Georgia Charter Schools and organized a get out the vote effort on a referendum that defeated special interest lobbying overwhelmingly. She distributed petitions and organized support to fight the Georgia Governor’s veto of RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) and his veto of the Open Carry Campus Bill. She continues to push back against the liberal special interest groups and the state and national elected officials who threaten Georgia’s individual freedoms. “The fight for liberty never ends.” -Ted Cruz

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