Republican President Donald Trump has been active since he took office last Friday. Wasting no time on priorities and fulfilling campaign promises, he has followed through on slamming the brakes on Obamacare enforcement and stepping up against abortion. If there was any doubt as to what kind of President he would be, these doubts are quickly being erased.
Another topic appears to be getting addressed now as well, which is immigration and terrorism. According to reports, President Trump is preparing to sign executive orders restricting immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
This undoubtedly will cause shockwaves among the political environment, which is already heated in Washington D.C. Since his inauguration, President Trump has faced ongoing protests including a massive Women’s March. Immigration caused a lot of controversy for him during the election cycle and will likely reignite criticism again.
The immigration restrictions make sense, however.
President Trump has been a vocal critic of European countries allowing massive numbers of unfiltered refugees enter. Especially in the aftermath of terrorist attacks like in Nice and Paris, he sounded the alarm on the issue of unvetted immigration.
Considering the Federal Bureau of Investigation has in the past admitted they have no way to reliably and thoroughly vet refugees, serious concern is not unwarranted. The continued presence of ISIS attempting to infiltrate countries through the refugee program only raises the stakes.
Radicalization is also a concern here in the United States. Terrorist attacks such as in San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida have only heightened the concern. Former Democratic president Barack Obama was widely criticized for his lack of action on the immigration threat, while prominent Democrats often exploited these terrorist attacks for political gain in the gun control crusade.
President Trump, unlike his predecessor, is signaling a serious approach to securing the United States of America.
While immigration supporters and those in favor of the refugee program may opt to criticize the move, the seven countries targeted by the coming restrictions make sense. Given the regional instability and the growing terrorist threat, it is necessary to restrict the steady flow of unvetted refugees until a number of steps are taken.
First, we need to secure our own borders. While the wall proposal advanced during the election cycle may not be feasible, there are steps that can be taken in order to protect the United States. The rise of terrorist attacks under Obama signals that we cannot underestimate our own security.
Second, we need to develop a method of properly assessing those we are receiving and ensuring only legitimate refugees are entering the nation. Wanting to help people is not wrong, but given terrorists are seeking to infiltrate the refugee programs, it’s necessary to safeguard against it.
Restricting refugees from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen makes sense and President Donald Trump is doing the right thing until we can better assess the situation. The terrorist threat is serious and has largely been ignored over the last several years under Barack Obama. President Trump is signaling that things will be changing.