A refugee, not to be confused with an illegal immigrant, is defined by Section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her home country because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin. So America has a legal process for refugees entering into the United States. It should also be noted that in 2017 there are about 22.5 million refugees around the world, more than half of them under the age of 18, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. More than half of the annual inflow of foreign refugees arriving in the United States are on food stamps.
*UPDATE: Trump cuts new refugee admissions 66% from previous Obama administration. In fact, for the first time, the U.S. resettled fewer refugees than the rest of the world, but still more than another other country.
1/27/16: President Trump signed an executive order for 'extreme vetting' of refugees, suspending almost all refugee admissions for four months and indefinitely barring entry for some Syrians. Trump said the new measure was intended “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” He also stated "We will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do while protecting our own citizens and voters."
"This is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion -- this is about terror and keeping our country safe." Trump's executive order suspended all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days. The State Department said the three-month ban in the directive applied to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — all Muslim-majority nations.
3/6/17: The Trump administration rolled out the second edition of the immigration executive order after the first order was blocked by lower court Obama selected judges. On 6/26/17 the Supreme Court evetually ruled unamimously (9-0) in Trump's favor for a limited version of the travle ban to be allowed. So setting emotions aside lets look at the facts on why we believe President Trump made the right decision. First off, it was clear that the order had not been implemented as smoothly as it was hoped to be. There was some initial confusion with green card holders who had confirmed dual citizenship. Although President Trump had quickly cleared up the issue. , it should have been implemented initially.
Another criticism of this executive order was why other countries that have a history of Islamic terrorism had been left off of the list such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia.
The following points are what ultimately earned him our high grade:
1: This is not a "Muslim Ban" as many of President Trump's adversaries claim. It covered only seven of the fifty Muslim-majority countries. It affects only roughly 134 millionof the 1.6 billion (or roughly 2%) Muslims worldwide.
2: Yes it is true most Muslims are good, decent people. However the fact is the world has a problem with Islamic terrorism. That simply can not be disputed. The Muslim population has a disproportionate number of people who either support, or who are, terrorists.
3: Look no further than Europe's refugee crisis documentary. Syrian refugees have poured into Europe by the millions. The results? Europe's political and cultural landscape is changing rapidly and not for the better. Countries like Sweden , Germany , Britain , France and Italy have been greatly affected by Syrian refugees. Including having what's called "No Go Zones". In fact German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted to some mistakes in her refugee policy and has since arranged to pay migrants millions of dollars to leave Germany.
4: A NATO commander confirmed that ISIS is using the Syrian refugee crisis to ‘mask the movement’ of terrorists infiltrating Europe and the United States.
5: Syrian President Assad told Yahoo News some refugees are ‘definitely’ terrorists
6: America has suffered a islamic terror attack every year under Obama including the Boston Marathon attack which was from the hands of refugee brothers. This stat does not include nearly 20 thwarted attacks just during President Obama's presidency alone.
7: Like President Trump, then President Obama also blocked all refugees from a specific country (Iraq) back in 2011.
8: Twenty one percent of Syrian refugees support ISIS.
9: It was President Obama, not President Trump who selected the list of the 7 banned countries.
10: Since 9/11, 72 individuals from those 7 countries have been convicted of terrorism.
11: Several other presidents have blocked groups of foreigners from the U.S. Obama invoked it 19 times (including blocking Iraqi refugees in 2011) Bill Clinton 12 times, George W. Bush six times and Ronald Reagan five times. George H.W. Bush invoked it once and so did Jimmy Carter.
12: This executive order at the time was one of Trump's most popular executive orders with the American people.
13: On 3/17/17 it was announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating approximately 300 refugees in the U.S. for terrorism.
So based on these points it is hard to understand why President Trump took such criticism from his opposition especially considering the executive order called for only a temporary tightening of the country’s refugee and visa policies.
9/25/17: Donald Trump unveiled a revamped travel ban just as his controversial immigration order covering six Muslim-majority nations was coming to an end. Citizens of seven countries will face new restrictions on entry to the US under a proclamation signed by the US President. "Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," Mr Trump said in a tweet. The new rules, which will affect the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Venezuela, will go into effect on October 18.
9/27/17: The Trump administration announced it will dramatically reduce the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States, bringing the number to less than half of what former President Barack Obama had proposed for the current fiscal year. The US plans to admit no more than 45,000 refugees in the coming year.
10/24/17: As promised President Trumps's ends the temporary refugee ban with an executive order that toughens vetting for 11 countries. rump issued his new order on refugee screening as the administration's four-month ban on refugee admissions expired. It directs federal agencies to resume refugee processing, which he clamped down on shortly after taking office.
The new "enhanced vetting" procedures for all refugees include such measures as collecting additional biographical and other information to better determine whether refugees are being truthful about their status; improving information-sharing between agencies; stationing fraud detection officers at certain locations overseas; and training screeners to weed out fraud and deception.
12/3/17: Continuing his “America First” approach to foreign policy, President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the United Nations Migrate and Refugee Compact. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "While we will continue to engage on a number of fronts at the United Nations, in this case, we simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders." "The United States supports international cooperation on migration issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal." In 2016, the 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they have access to education and jobs.
12/4/17: The Supreme Court voted to allow President Donald Trump's third version travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations to go into effect. The order is temporary, pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the ban.
12/6/17: The number of refugees entering the U.S. has plummeted since President Trump lifted a four-month ban on admissions. Only 3,108 refugees came to the U.S. in October and November, the first two months of the new fiscal year. The Obama administration admitted 18,300 refugees in the same period last year. The new numbers represent a dramatic 83% drop.
6/27/18: The Supreme Court ultimatley voted to allow President Donald Trump's third and final version of the travel ban on seven nations (Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela) to go into effect. The 5-4 decision was based on the US law that states: "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."