It’s not quite the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” that Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail, but it’s a step in that direction. On the sixth day of his presidency, Trump will reportedly “sign several executive orders…restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries,” according to Reuters.
Naturally, the countries in question—Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—are all majority Muslim nations that are in the midst of various levels of humanitarian crisis. Refugees from these war-torn places are fleeing violence, starvation, oppression, genocide and other unspeakable horrors. The process by which they are admitted into the U.S. is a rigorous one that takes about two years…precisely the sort of process one might call “extreme vetting.”
Of all the groups to scapegoat and vilify, scapegoating and vilifying refugees fleeing the horror of war is about as low as it gets.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 25, 2017
In November of 2016, Think Progress reported this:
“The United States has resettled 784,000 refugees since September 11, 2001,” Newland wrote in a recent op-ed. “In those 14 years, exactly three resettled refugees have been arrested for planning terrorist activities — and it is worth noting two were not planning an attack in the United States and the plans of the third were barely credible.”
But Donald Trump and his cadre of Muslim-hating advisors care not for the plight of men, women and children being raped, enslaved or slaughtered. Their fear of brown-skinned, non-Christian people leads them to fear them more than your average right-wing extremist—a group that represents “a bigger threat to America than ISIS.”
So much for Lady Liberty’s exhortation:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
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