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Trump's Travel Ban: Breaking Down the Facts

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately Muslim countries. Yet a lot of confusion surrounds the order, exactly what it means, and even what to call it.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday, January 31, that the executive order is not a “Muslim ban” or “travel ban,” but rather measures for extreme vetting.

Indeed, during the Mattis Ceremony at the Pentagon, Trump said: “I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamist terrorists out of the United States of America.”

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelley notes: “This is not a travel ban, this is a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee and visa vetting system.”

Whatever it is ultimately labeled, the executive order applies to the countries of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It bans travel from these countries for 90 days and suspends refugee admission for 120 days.

In the order, Trump cites the September 11 attacks of 2001 several times. Some have questioned why the list does not include any of the origin countries of the 9/11 attackers: Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and even Saudi Arabia, where a majority of the attackers were from. The reason for exclusion is unclear.

The list also excludes Pakistan and Afghanistan, where extremism has persisted for decades, and does not include European countries where Muslim communities have led attacks in Paris and Brussels in the name of the Islamic State.

The new measures have caused much confusion and concern across the globe, and its implications for the travel industry continue to unfold.


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0 #5 kim 2017-02-07 15:15
Quoting Wendy:
Actually, the temp pause makes complete sense if you understand the history of the Arab World. The current countries mentioned currently are war heightened engaged in the historical 640AD conflict between the two factions. Anytime these two factions engage in war the IS and Al Quada move to those countries. Each of the named countries have entered war again during the past year. While the other countries not on the list (Saudi, Afghanistan etc) are currently not engaged in extreme factional conflict, hence, are not mentioned in the temp ban. This can always change, but anyone with historical Arab World knowledge would understand the current list. I have a degree in Middle East Affairs and we have to hope that someday, the Arab World will put the death of Mohammad to rest. Until then, the only solution is react to wherever the conflict lies which currently is in the countries mentioned.
Thank you, Wendy, for the EDUCATED response.
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0 #4 Jane 2017-02-06 09:08
bookmarked!!, I like your site!
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+1 #3 Wendy 2017-02-02 12:04
Actually, the temp pause makes complete sense if you understand the history of the Arab World. The current countries mentioned currently are war heightened engaged in the historical 640AD conflict between the two factions. Anytime these two factions engage in war the IS and Al Quada move to those countries. Each of the named countries have entered war again during the past year. While the other countries not on the list (Saudi, Afghanistan etc) are currently not engaged in extreme factional conflict, hence, are not mentioned in the temp ban. This can always change, but anyone with historical Arab World knowledge would understand the current list. I have a degree in Middle East Affairs and we have to hope that someday, the Arab World will put the death of Mohammad to rest. Until then, the only solution is react to wherever the conflict lies which currently is in the countries mentioned.
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-3 #2 Shebby 2017-02-02 11:28
It's actually not "funny" at all. And the explanation is quite clear: there are no countries listed in the ban where our president does business.
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+3 #1 Melissa 2017-02-02 08:08
It's funny that you title this "Breaking Down The Facts", but in reality you have very little facts listed at all.
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