President Trump appears to be following through with at least one major campaign promise. According to Reuters, “U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.” The executive order would effectively terminate the controversial Syrian refugee program implemented by the Obama administration.
“Another order will block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified,” adds Reuters.
The White House’s new policy on refugees is set to impose a “multi-month ban” on hostile Muslim-majority countries until administration officials can properly identity and vet all incoming migrants. CNS News reported in November, “The Obama administration has resettled 13,210 Syrian refugees into the United States since the beginning of 2016 – an increase of 675 percent over the same 10-month period in 2015.”
On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump promised to initiate a process of “extreme vetting” to prevent Islamic terrorists, including ISIS operatives, from infiltrating refugee populations and entering the United States to carry out attacks. At one point, Trump even vowed to ban all Muslim immigration. He has since walked back that pledge.
The president is set to sign the executive orders at the Washington headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security alongside high-ranking national security officials. Democrats are likely to push back, fanning the flames of outrage and playing the “Islamophobia” card as a means of virtue-signaling and touting their multiculturalism bona fides. Under former President Obama, thousands of Muslim refugees have already poured into the United States, settling in towns and cities all across the country. Now that Trump is in power, Obama’s lax policy toward refugees, particularly Syrian refugees, has all but run its course.