President Trump has had a busy first week on the job, and while it’s caused more than just a few raised eyebrows around the globe, it’s also caused many Americans to breathe a sigh of much-needed relief.
President Trump spent his first five days executing piles of executive orders. But then, Trump really let the hammer drop when he issued an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days. Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen were identified as “countries of concern,” and as such, will not be allowed into the U.S. for the next 90 days. There is some speculation over whether, at some point, the ban will be broadened to add other countries.
President Trump also shut down the refugee program for a period of four months, and reduced the number of refugees who will eventually be allowed to enter the U.S. by half. No more Syrian refugees. No more refugees at all for the time being.
“I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry,”
– Trump declared in Friday’s executive order. He has called for the development of new “extreme vetting” procedures that would exclude potential terrorists from entering the United States.
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,”
– Trump said at a signing ceremony at the Pentagon.
When the refugees are allowed to return again, Trump’s plan includes priority given to those whose religion is in the minority in their countries of origin — meaning Christians would be allowed admittance before Muslims. Trump said he was prioritizing Christians because they are the ones from countries in the Middle East who have been the most persecuted by radical Islamic terrorists.
“We are a compassionate nation and a country of immigrants. But, as we know, terrorists are dead set on using our immigration and refugee programs as a Trojan Horse to attack us…” “Today, President Trump signed an order to help prevent jihadists from infiltrating the United States.“
– Said Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said on Friday — following it up with a statement that he applauds the president’s move.
And McCaul is right. As unpleasant and even inhumane as it seems, we MUST find a way to prevent those who would do us harm from coming into this country. If that means preventing an entire demographic from entering this country in order to prevent a few extremists (and it does), then that’s just what has to be done right now.
But, there are those who just don’t get it. Non-Muslims and even non-radical Muslims did not choose to make this some kind of holy war. It is the radical Muslims who try to, in the name of their religion, kill those of us whom they see as infidels. Islam is an inextricable element of their murderous cause. Their interpretation of their religion MANDATES that they murder us, and we can’t just take anyone’s word that they aren’t one of those Muslims.
The jihadists can’t separate Islam from their evil deeds. And yes, It puts peace-loving Muslims in a terrible position. At the same time, we can’t worry about hurt feelings when we have to protect ourselves from those who try to hide behind their religion.
President Trump made it clear Friday that there is one thing that’s more important to him than anything else. It’s not what the rest of the world thinks. It’s not whose feelings this may hurt. It’s American lives that take priority over everything else right now.