President Trump’s order temporarily suspending visas and the entry of refugees from suspect terrorist nations is not a “Muslim Ban“. It is nearly identical to the ban instituted by not-our-current-president, Barack Obama, back in 2011. In fact our President’s order is most accurately described as a continuation of the not-our-current-president’s Iraqi ban and includes the same list of countries suspected of being state sponsors of terrorism.
There are important exceptions and protections for diplomats and for religious minorities from the affected countries. Here is a salient quote from the White House, via zerohedge.com:
To be clear, 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. 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. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”
Stefan Molyneux, as always, has an excellent take on the whole business:
As usual, do your due diligence, read up on what’s really happening. Get the proper historical prospective and context that will allow you to come to a reasonable understanding about this important event. It’s not unprecedented, in fact it’s prudent and will make us much safer over time.