Lunacy and Hysteria Follow Trump’s Refugee Travel Ban – But Not Obama’s
When President Donald Trump announced his Executive Order placing a travel ban of up to 120 days on refugees entering the United States, the mainstream faux news used the announcement as an opportunity to mislead the public and create yet another false narrative with plenty of mayhem and hysteria to follow; however, there was barely a mention regarding Obama’s last-ditch trashing of a long-held policy welcoming refugees entering the United States from Cuba.
On January 12, out-going President Barack Obama made a rule change to The Department of Homeland Security by halting the ‘wet foot/dry foot’ policy provided to Cubans leaving the brutality of Cuba’s communist regime. The policy set forth under President Bill Clinton in 1995 provided an avenue for Cubans escaping oppression under Castro to seek asylum in America if they reached land. As of January 12, 2017, refugees (re-cast as ‘migrants’ under the rule change) receive a return trip to their totalitarian government. Obama stated the Cuban government “…agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.”
The Nuevo Laredo border in Mexico held approximately one hundred Cuban refugees at the border. These individuals technically reached dry land and therefore, legal status. While arrangements were underway for the Cuban refugees to enter the United States, implementation of the Obama directive took place. Several of those individuals vowed to stay in Mexico as they did not want to go back to Cuba. Can anyone blame them?
Unfortunately, Mexico was not as generous in allowing 91 Cuban refugees to stay in their country even as Mexico has been particularly vocal in demanding the United States’ border remain porous. We have yet to hear of the fate of hundreds (and some estimate thousands) of Cubans stranded in Central and South America.
In one of the more appalling characterizations of the rule change, former President Obama said this new policy stance was needed to “…normalize relations with Cuba...” and “bring greater consistency to our immigration policy.”
Wait – it gets better!
“Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries.”
– Obama’s Statement on Cuban Immigration Policy, January 12, 2017
Perhaps to those void of a conscience or knowledge of Cuba’s history and campaign of persecution against its own people, the ‘logic’ behind Obama’s directive sounds reasonable, but for those who have a thorough understanding of the truth (the brutal worldview and pursuits of the communist regime), Obama has imposed nothing short of a massive human rights crisis against suffering people desperate for freedom from the shackles of the grizzly Castro regime.
Perhaps Obama envisions a ‘new era’ where America is on equal footing (wet or dry) with communist Cuba.
This last minute showdown did not evoke the passions and angry demonstrations that would erupt just days later. There were no morally superior Senators holding press conferences with family members in the background making a case for their Cuban refugee relatives stuck at border points or airports as a result of the travel ban, nor did they offer a stream of well-rehearsed rhetoric followed by pools of tears.
Airport protests and campus bonfires were unheard of when the Cuban travel ban was (barely) announced.
Obama’s policy change only applied to Cuban refugees, which appears discriminatory and hypocritical. Cuban ‘migrants’ (not refugees, you see) cannot expect the same treatment as ‘migrants’ from other countries. The welcome mat or offers of abundant tax-payer funded incentives are not offered to Cubans escaping persecution. We do so for virtually every other foreign national entering the country illegally through the southern border, but not for the persecuted men and women leaving the dictatorship of Cuba on shoddy rafts in shark-infested waters.
Contrast the serenity following Obama’s travel ban with what has transpired when President Trump announced his executive order.
Trump’s travel ban simply bars travel from seven countries previously cited by the Obama administration and congress in 2015 and 2016 as ‘countries of concern’ warranting restricted travel. It is temporary and does not exclude the vast majority of predominantly Muslim nations on the globe. Trump’s order singles out seven regions (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Syria) with exceptions for those holding a green card and diplomats from the nations cited. Those facing persecution if returned to their country of origin still have the opportunity to be heard but expect some delay while the vetting process is reviewed.
The central concerns about these seven nations is the growing instability within each of these countries and the presence of ISIS. Radical Islamic terrorism has infiltrated the countries of concern in varying degrees, often times recruiting local terrorist networks, such as Al-Shabaab in Somalia or more recently with Hamas, in order to grow the threat of persecution and instability in those regions. It is not a secret that terrorists have posed as refugees during the migration into Europe. Seizing Europe is currently underway and by creating divisions and chaos in The United States, this nation becomes a ripe target, too. Why is that difficult to comprehend?
ISIS, the savage terror network former President Obama referred to as a ‘JV’ team in 2014, declared genocide against Christians in Syria and Iraq. While the west has largely ignored the severe persecution and death faced by this minority group, the Obama administration provided nothing beyond empty rhetoric. President Trump takes the ISIS threats seriously – much more-so than many in this nation referring to the president as a ‘racist’ and ‘Nazi’ for doing nothing more than exercising his foremost responsibility as Commander-In-Chief: protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States. Face it: without a homeland, there is no Constitution to defend.
To assist, here is a little fact-check: the Constitution of the United States only applies to citizens of this nation – not to foreign nationals. There is no such thing as a right for non-citizens to enter the United States at will, nor is there logic or compassion in lapse vetting of entrants into this country. The hysteria fueled by the left regarding the travel ban is both baffling and infuriating as it abandons reason and decency.
The same narcissists feigning outrage bore absolutely no concern for the Cuban refugee being returned to the Castro regime nor to the Christian or Yazidi men, women and children abandoned by US policy, while fleeing war torn Iraq – the war we abandoned with a departure date announced publicly by former president Barack Obama.
Hollywood returned to its silent film era providing no voice for scores of Christians and Yazidis in the Middle East threatened with an extreme tax, converting to Islam, leaving their homeland or death.
Mainstream media, who boast of ‘journalistic integrity’, barely made mention of the thousands of Christians forced into Jordan and held there because they could not return home – and the Obama administration refused to let them enter into America though their law-abiding relatives in this country agreed to take them in.
And where was Ashton Kutcher’s voice decrying the plight of the world’s citizens under persecution when needed the most?
President Obama also imposed a travel ban on Iraqis entering the United States in 2011. Al-Quaeda terrorists presented themselves as refugees and gained entry into the United States, where they settled into Bowling Green, Kentucky. Obama’s six month travel ban did not spawn the lunacy in courts or generate public outcry, nor were the president’s intentions or authority in question. It made perfect sense to beef up a vetting process then, so why is it different now?
As a result of such mindlessness, willful deception and partisan judicial shenanigans, every single American is now more vulnerable right here at home – by their own fellow countrymen.
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