THE TRUTH ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TRAVEL BAN

IT WAS NOTHING LIKE TRUMP'S.  FIRST BECAUSE IT WAS IN RESPONSE TO A TERRORIST THREAT IN THE UNITED STATES BUT THAT DOESN'T STOP THE RIGHT WING "PRESS" FROM MAKING SHIT UP. 

Here are the lies:


If you watched the entire video clip - and, yes, I know it's difficult - you will have heard both Alex Jones and Paul Watson proclaim that Trump's Muslim Ban is very similar to the ban that President Obama instituted in 2011.  This is a lie.  In fact, nothing could be further from the truth but, naturally, in alt.right and Alternate Set of Facts worlds, such considerations for truth are irrelevant.  

Here's the truth:

From Vocativ
By James King
January 30, 2017
In the wake of chaos and unrest brought on by Friday’s executive order banning primarily Muslim immigrants and refugees from entering the United States, President Donald Trump attempted to defend the move in a perhaps unlikely way: by comparing it to actions taken by Barack Obama.
“My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months,” the president wrote in a statement released Sunday, as protests erupted at airports from Boston to Seattle. “The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.”
Those seven countries are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. “Iraq” is where the similarities seem to end.
The basis for Trump’s comparison is Obama’s response to the arrests of two Iraqi nationals in Kentucky in 2011 — one of whom had been linked to bombings that occurred in Iraq during the second Iraq war. After realizing that a potential terrorist had slipped through the cracks, Obama pledged to conduct a thorough review of the records of nearly 60,000 Iraqi refugees living in the U.S., and to implement a more rigorous vetting process for future Iraqi refugees and for those applying for new visas.
The expansive vetting process caused delays in getting people processed — the Baltimore Sun described the process at the time as “a logjam in regular visa admissions from Iraq” — which critics viewed as a freeze on allowing Iraqis into the U.S. But unlike Trump, who landed in the Oval Office by among other things, promising to get all non-citizens out of the country, Obama never made banning Iraqis from the U.S. an official policy of the federal government.
The seven countries named in Trump’s executive order are the same countries the Obama administration felt warranted some concern — they are specifically listed in Obama’s Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, and in an expansion of the act in 2016 to include Libya, Somalia and Yemen. But that didn’t specifically ban people from those countries from entering the U.S., it just limited the Visa Waiver Program — which allows people from certain countries to travel within the U.S. for 90 days without a visa — “for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.” The Obama administration said at the time that these are “countries for concern” in terms being hubs for radical Islamic terrorism, but didn’t implement an across-the-board ban on people from these countries entering the U.S.
Jon Finer is the former chief of staff to former Secretary of State John Kerry and director of policy planning at the State Department. He also was a top staffer for the national security council with a focus on the Middle East. On Monday, in response to Trump’s flawed comparison of his travel ban to that of Obama’s, Finer, in an article for Foreign Policy, broke down why Trump’s flawed comparison doesn’t add up.
First on Finer’s list is the scope of the ban; where Obama’s policy applied to a single country and to specific people who wanted to do specific things like seek asylum, “the Trump executive order, on the other hand, applies to seven countries with total population more than 130 million, and to virtually every category of immigrant other than diplomats, including tourists and business travelers.”
Like many critics of the ban, Finer also points to what prompted both Obama’s action and Trump’s, noting that Obama’s was a reaction to an actual threat — the arrests of Iraqi nationals with ties to terrorism — while Trump’s seems to be pulled out of thin air. “The Trump administration has provided no evidence, nor even asserted, that any specific information or intelligence has led to its draconian order,” Finer wrote.
The rationale of Trump’s ban is the basis for much of the criticism of his plan — anyone with a social media feed has more likely than not seen the viral infographic showing the number of American deaths caused by immigrants or refugees from the seven countries on Trump’s list (zero) compared to the deaths caused by people from other countries that are known hubs for terrorists, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, whose nationals are behind the deaths of more than 2,500 Americans.
“This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” Trump said in his statement, further denying that his plan specifically targets Muslims. “There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”
To that point, the stated purpose of Trump’s plan is the same as Obama’s: to review the vetting process and make sure it’s effective. The president has rejected the idea that his plan targets Muslims, despite the fact that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said over the weekend that Trump had asked him to put together a commission to come up with a legal way to implement a “Muslim ban.”
But Finer sees the president’s order as little more than beating a dead horse in a way that will offend Middle Easterners and enflame a situation that has no shortage of fuel.
“The entire purpose of the Obama administration’s 2011 review was to enhance the already stringent vetting to which refugees and SIV [special immigrant visa] applicants were subjected,” he wrote in his review. “While many of the details are classified, those rigorous procedures, which lead to waiting times of 18-24 months for many Iraqi and Syrian refugees, remain in place today and are continually reviewed by interagency officials. The Trump administration is, therefore, taking on a problem that has already been (and is continually being) addressed.”
NOTE:  The two important takeaways from this piece are 1) Obama instituted a ban on Iraqi refugees for six months in response to the arrest of two Iraqi nationals (refugees) in Kentucky in 2011, one of whom was linked to bombings in Iraq, to review the files of 60,000 Iraqi refugees already in the country and strengthen the vetting process.  2) the seven countries on Obama's list were put there as "nations of concern"  about limiting the Visa Waiver Program that allows people from certain countries to spend up to 90 days in the United States without a visa. The concern was for people who had travelled to these seven nations.  It was not a ban but a limit on the Visa Waiver program.  
So the actions that Obama took in no way resembles those that Trump has instituted.  
But the fear mongering and fake news you see from Alex Jones et al on InfoWars is exactly the kind of fabrications that got the Trump supporters all excited about refugee terrorists and precisely why Trump has instituted the ban on Muslims from entering the U.S.  The ban and "extreme vetting" are useless window dressing that will accomplish nothing.     
Alex Jones and InfoWars is one of the top right wing "news" outlets that has inflamed Trump's supporters over immigration.  Of course it's all just a big ball of horsehit but this is the basis upon which we are now basing immigration policy.  
So How Does It Feel To Have A President Who Actually Believes in Right Wing Bullshit?
Or In The Alternative:
May Not Believe It Personally But Bases Public Policy On Bullshit Anyways?
See the problem here?   

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