Following a promise made in the campaign, US President Donald Trump has signed an “extreme vetting” executive order.
Here are the details of the order:
- Syrian refugees are banned from entering the United States for an undetermined amount of time – until Trump feels the vetting process has been improved enough.
- Immigration from up to 7 countries beset by terrorism, including Iraq and Afghanistan, is suspended for 120 days.
- Exceptions will be made for members of religious minorities fleeing as refugees, particularly the many Christians who face oppression in the Middle East.
Trump said the goal of the order was to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.”
Added Trump, “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
Strangely though, the executive order does not ban travel from Saudi Arabia, even though that country has one of the most extremist regimes, and was home to a majority of the 9/11 hijackers.
Trump signed the orders after participating in the swearing-in of James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the new US Secretary of Defence. The swearing in was symbolic, as Mattis was already officially sworn-in to begin his duties.
Mattis is highly respected, and has notably disagreed with Trump on the use of torture. Trump has expressed support for torture – including waterboarding – as a way to get info from terrorists. Mattis opposes torture, and says he can get more info from a prisoner with “beer and cigarettes.”
Extreme Vetting: Watch the video below of Trump signing two executive orders after watching James Mattis being sworn-in
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