Thoughts on the Executive Order Regarding Immigration

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I usually like to take more time to reflect on current events before posting my thoughts here.  However, in light of President Trump’s flurry of executive orders, I feel I need to speak out about one in particular – the “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” order.
 
While I understand the concerns of those who fear entry into the US of those who intend harm to the lives of US citizens and our way of life, a sweeping order of this sort does not strike me as the best way to address those concerns.
 

First, a clarification.

Unless I’ve missed something, the wording of the order does not bar all immigrants from entry. In Sec. 3(c), it states:”I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.” Section 217(a)(12) refers to visa waivers, not visa holders.
 

I am not sure what the crisis at the airports is all about, unless I have missed something in the text of the order or in the interpretation of the order. (It is rather full of legalese.)  I invite legal clarification if I’ve missed something. 

 

Second, my concerns.

Refugees: Sec. 5 refers to the refugee situation. A 120-day suspension is 121 days too long for many. Again, I understand the desire to, and possible need for, review of the procedures. However, we already have an extensive refugee admission process in place, and to keep people already uprooted, with their lives turned upside-down, in limbo for four additional months (after possibly years of waiting), just for the sake of a review of procedure seems unwarranted.

 
Syrian Refugees:  Sec. 5(c) refers specifically to refugees from Syria. Oh, how this one breaks my heart! I don’t have a solution for the Syrian tragedy, but it seems the least we could do is give people a safe refuge from the violence and terror that they have been facing the last several years!  Most people simply want to live a peaceful, quiet life.  Have we learned nothing from history!  (How many pre-World War 2 refugees did we turn away to die?)
 
Persecuted Refugees:  Sec. 5(e) is probably the section being declared as focusing on Christian refugees. The wording is not so specific: “when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution.” I can get behind prioritizing refugees fleeing persecution, no matter what their religion. This could be Shia Muslims from Yemen or Yazidis from Iraq, not only Christians from Syria.  ISIS is no respecter of non-Sunni religions when it comes to genocide.  
 
Interdepartmental Collaboration:  Finally, this order calls for the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the Director of National Intelligence to work together. This is no small task and will take a considerable amount of time to even set up the protocols for collaboration.  Those whose lives are in danger do not have time to wait for these departments to find a way to work together!
This is my call for the Trump administration to rethink elements of this order.  Yes, we must protect our borders from those who would seek our harm, but in my opinion, this approach does more harm than good.
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One thought on “Thoughts on the Executive Order Regarding Immigration

  1. Tom (never say uncle)

    Thank God for the compassion behind the concerns expressed for refugees.The energy for goodness is in the virtue of compassion. Intelligent guidance protects the energy from waste or worse. Your discussions often participate positively towards intelligent guidance.
    I want to bring in a prior Trump point that an area in Syria should have been carved out for refugees & protected militarily. Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Iran&/or NATO would be the responsible party. Failing that, (while simultaneously failing to protect Chicago residents, long unemployed factory workers & many other Americans) Syrian problems were already ceded to Russia, Iran and Turkey. Our national debt and the threat it represents (to collapse our currency & economy & all possibility of addressing these issues by burying them in an avalanche of new & more serious [to us] problems) preclude that we risk a new over-reach. Rushing refugees into US makes almost no dent in this enormous problem. It does create a new enormous problem subverting the ‘values plurality’ that enables us to be a resource to people in Chicago, to factory workers & to beleaguered victims such as in Syria. Only 1 priority stands out as urgent priority for the well-being of hope in the world… a preserved, mostly holy (primarily following Jesus) American nation can bring the hope that Iran, Russia and any other country can never bring in the foreseeable future.

    Let’s intelligently recognize that compassion is not well spent on domestic solutions to middle eastern Sharia (unconstitutional) lovers any more than it was well spent on banker bailouts (though preserving the banking system was necessary). Consider how 200 Christian children in Nigeria didn’t gain critical mass of support though they would integrate to positive American citizens much more easily and certainly tug at the heart strings. ‘The Muslim/anti-Christian/ Marxist media-DNC agenda’ keeps pressing these NOT intelligent choices while neglecting better options. [police are the enemy of urban blacks vs family destruction, gang substitution, drug infestation, safety abandonment issues are all more important.l Out-of-the-way forums have become essential in this time of media failure.
    Thanks for initiating a forum where intelligent expression might preserve what we have that is wonderful by guiding the best of what we have (compassion) to sustain all that is good & strengthen us for even greater extension of goodness in the future.

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