March 7, 2017 by Chris Kite
Most of us already knew that Republican President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban was unlikely to help our national security, but it is always good to have things confirmed by experts in the field. Last week, the administration told us he had a new executive order ready to go but then delayed it to avoid stepping on the good press he was getting for his speech last Tuesday night. If this didn’t convince you of in the insincerity in the need to protect us, and the need to enact something quickly, perhaps you need something more direct.
Two government documents have recently surfaced. The first is a Department of Homeland Security document that says “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.” This tells us very clearly that trying to prevent terrorism by banning people from certain countries is not likely to meet with much success.
The second document, also from the Department of Homeland Security says, “We assess that most foreign-born, US-based violent extremists likely radicalized several years after their entry to the United States, limiting the ability of screening and vetting officials to prevent their entry because of national security concerns.”
The bigger question then becomes, why would the Trump Administration want to implement such a ban if it is not likely to be effective?
There are of course, several potential answers to this. One is that, as we have seen both on the campaign trail and early on in his Presidency, Donald Trump doesn’t seem very willing to accept opinions or facts that don’t mesh with his pre-determined beliefs.
Another is that he and his staff are trying to form a sort of “more American” America with less influence from other cultures. They are particularly looking for less influence from cultures that are different than their white, western European background and what they view as traditional white culture.
Yet another is simply that Republican President Donald Trump and his staff are simply xenophobic and racist and are intolerant to those that aren’t like them.
What ever the reason is, it seems safe to say, this is not a needed policy and any attempt to try to justify it with fear of terrorism are yet more lies from an administration that seems very, very comfortable lying to the American people.