Was Trump Right In Ban?

So last Friday, Donald Trump decided to ban refugees from entering the United States. Of course this brought criticism, as well as praise. Everything Trump has done so far has done that. Here’s exactly what the executive order does, according to Breitbart:

Suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, prohibiting the arrival of refugees into the United States from any country during that period
Ordered the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to undertake a complete review of the refugee vetting process
Permanently banned Syrian refugees until President Trump determined otherwise, and
Lowered the ceiling of refugees allowed to enter the United States during FY 2017 to 50,000.

Obviously, the Middle Eastern countries are furious about this. Iran is relieving themselves in their pants…and they aren’t the only ones. Now, the two sides of the argument are obvious. On one side, you have the anti-refugee folks who say exactly what Trump has outlined. Our vetting process sucks and it’s too easy for terrorists to enter the country (just as they have done in Europe with the Syrian refugee situation). On the other side, you’ve got folks that feel that we need to be more humane in times of trouble for people.

The compromise, according to the pro-refugee folks is to do what Canada is doing. They allow women and children into the country, and families, but not single men. That wouldn’t have solved some of the violence that has erupted here in this country over the years. Yes, most has been single men, but the San Bernardino shooting was a woman entering the country (and meeting up with the man who was already here). Trust me, while it’s a step in the right direction, it’s not the answer. It’s not a safety net, it’s got holes in it.

So what’s my solution? I personally don’t think there is one. I think the way to stop terrorism in this country and get back to a more normal immigration policy than the buffoonery we’ve seen over the past eight years is to stop, re-think the situation, and come up with a solution that secures America first, and then cares about the rest of the world. We saw what happened in France, Belgium, and Germany when you try to place nice world neighbor. The bad guys get in. And until we can actually wipe them off the face of the earth, which I’m sorry to say IS what needs to happen, then you are going to have these problems.

I haven’t been a huge supporter of Donald Trump during the campaign even though I voted for him (like I had a choice???). But I think in situations like this, you have to give the guy a chance to do what he said he was going to do. I realize fully that there are people out there that don’t agree with the tactics, and certainly don’t agree with the bravado, but personalities aside, if he’s doing what got him elected, as his predecessor did, can you really blame him?

Carry on world…carefully…but you’re dismissed!

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5 thoughts on “Was Trump Right In Ban?

  1. Good points DR, though it is, as the Brits say, a “sticky wicket.” The US has always prided itself to be the safe haven of last resort for the politically/religiously persecuted. As such we should be taking Christians from some Muslim countries and Muslims from some Christian countries and the Tutsis from the Hutus. Yes, we need to have limits on how many immigrants we can absorb comfortably into our society and social systems, and if doing something about reducing the purely economic immigration from Mexico is necessary to allow us to actually save those in danger of imminent death and torture, then that’s what needs to be done.

    Is Trump smart enough to frame his “Wall” rhetoric in those terms? Not so far. And maybe because he hasn’t really THOUGHT of the need to help those other refugees. But maybe that’s the approach his critics should take: support his limitations as long as they’re balanced by helping others, within whatever social/economic limits we have, who are truly in need.

    – MJM

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