Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will the refugee ban make us safer?
Consider the iPhone. Who could imagine a computer for your pocket?
Mine started blowing up on Friday with news of President Donald Trump’s executive order to halt the U.S Refugee Resettlement program until our country’s vetting process is improved.
We witnessed the protests across America as we detained refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as permanent visa holders who currently live in the U.S.
Some asked why there wasn’t a warning and grace period before the crackdown. But the administration argues, correctly, that giving a 36-hour warning would allow a window for anyone with terroristic intentions to slip in under the wire.
No, the real question isn’t how it was carried, but why.
I know it’s a campaign promise, and it’s supposed to make us safe again, but let’s do a little reality check.
The administration says it wants to improve our entry process, a process that currently requires refugees to be vetted by nine U.S. agencies. A process that takes 18 months to two years on average to complete.
So, how has it worked?
According to terrorist experts, not a single deadly attack on U.S soil since 9/11 has been carried out by anyone from any of the seven countries included in the order.
In a study cited by Politifact, every jihadist who’s conducted a lethal attack in the U.S. since 9/11 has been a U.S. citizen or legal resident, many of them radicalized by ISIS propaganda.
So the question is, does this order make us more or less safe?
If you feel safer, great. It’s a feel good solution in search of a problem. But chances are this order is really a propaganda win for ISIS, and more fertilizer for homegrown terrorists. Not to mention what it does to our collective soul.
We are a nation of immigrants, and we’ve never told a religion to keep their huddled masses.
The biggest restriction is reserved for Syrian refugees, who are barred from the U.S. indefinitely. Millions of men, women and children left homeless by a deadly civil war. “Wretched refuse,” “yearning to be free,” as the poem goes.
They will find no quarter in this country on its march to being great again.
Men like Abdul Fattah Jandali need not apply. Jandali grew up in Syria and immigrated to the U.S to escape unrest in the Middle East.
He fathered a son who did pretty well by America. That kid’s name was Steve Jobs.
Imagine, that computer in your pocket — invented by the son of a Syrian immigrant.
John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.
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