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Sanjeevi kumar Uppu, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
So, what actually Trump did? Did he seriously implement his promised Muslim ban? No. He signed an executive order dominated mainly by refugee restrictions and temporary provisions that are aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflicted areas.
Let’s analyze the key provisions and get some insights about this.
First, the order temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the immigration process and then caps refugee admissions at 50,000 per year. In 2002, the United States admitted only 27,131 refugees. It admitted fewer than 50,000 in 2003, 2006, and 2007. As for President Obama, his refugee camp from 2013 to 2015 was a mere 70,000, and in 2011 and 2012 he admitted barely more than 50,000 refugees himself. The bottom line is that Trump is improving security screening and intends to admit refugees at close to the average rate of the 15 years before Obama’s dramatic expansion in 2016.
Second, the order imposes a temporary, 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. These are countries either torn apart by jihadist violence or under the control of hostile, jihadist governments.
To the extent this ban applies to new immigrant and non-immigrant entry, this temporary halt is wise. We know that terrorists are trying to infiltrate the ranks of refugees and other visitors. We know that immigrants from Somalia have launched jihadist attacks at home and have sought to leave the U.S. to join ISIS. The terrible recent track record of completed and attempted terror attacks by Muslim immigrants, it’s clear that Trump’s current approach is inadequate to control the threat. A short-term ban on entry from problematic countries combined with a systematic review of our security procedures is both reasonable and prudent.
However, there are reports that the ban is being applied even to green-card holders. The plain language of the order doesn’t apply to legal permanent residents of the U.S., and green-card holders have been through round after round of vetting and security checks. If the Trump administration continues to apply the order to legal permanent residents, it should indeed be condemned.