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With only about a week into his presidency President Trump implemented these policies on refugees. He justified his executive order by stating that former President Barack Obama had done the same thing back in 2011.
“My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”
In an article from The Washington Post, titled Trump’s facile claim that his refugee policy is similar to Obama’s in 2011 journalist Glenn Kessler looks at the truth behind this comparison.
first and foremost, President Obama did not in fact stop admission of Iraqi refugees into the United States. The admission process was simply delayed as a result of a more intense vetting process. Additionally, the more intense vetting process was adopted as a response to the arrest of two Iraqis in Kentucky.
President Obama was responding to a known threat to the nation’s national security. After an incident had occurred, the original vetting process was simply modified in order to prevent what had happened from happening again. The current ban is not in relation to any specific event or clear fact.
Next, it was never said that the Obama administration was stopping visa applications completely, just that it would be slowed. Even still, these delays were slight and went generally unnoticed to the public.
Finally, the 2011 situation did not prevent all citizens from Iraq from entering the United States–including green-card holders. There is no evidence that there was a clear halt to the admission of people from Iraq from entering the US.
In a test Kessler calls the Pinocchio test, Trump’s travel ban received three Pinocchio’s for these reasons. From this article it can be seen that Trump is having trouble justifying what he has done through the executive order. All he is trying to do is fast-track his claim that he will rid the nation of muslim terrorists, however this policy does no such thing.