On Friday, January 27, 2016, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order in which he partially banned immigration in the United States by citizens from seven different countries: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Sudan.
This wasn’t a surprise since the president was fulfilling at least part of a campaign promise for a TOTAL ban on immigrants from Islamic countries for an indefinite period.
The media firestorm has been daunting, and most people would not have been able to withstand the withering attacks in social media and in all major news outlets all day Saturday. They obviously know very little about Donald Trump.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a reported ‘terrorist attack/hate crime’ inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. He was reportedly shot and killed by Orlando Police Department officers after a three-hour standoff. Pulse was hosting Latin Night, and most of the victims were Latino. The media reported it be the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter ever and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.
In a reported 9/11 call shortly after the shooting started, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and said the shooting was triggered by the US killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month.
Initial reports indicated that Mateen may have been a patron of the nightclub and used gay dating websites and apps. And this is where the story gave me pause – for the FBI later said they have never found any credible evidence to substantiate these claims, even though several different people were interviewed on CNN the night of the attack, and they said they had seen him in the club many times previous. A bit odd that the CIA also conducted an investigation and said it had found no leaks between ISIL and Mateen.
This narrative is important, however, as in the days following the massacre at the nightclub, Donald Trump came out swinging, with the Washington Post reporting June 21, 2016, that he supported a total ban on Muslim immigration into the US, alleging that many American Muslims and mosques are knowingly protecting terrorists.
The message found an audience, exploding across America. Then, less a week after being sworn into office, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Friday, January 27 entitled: “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES”. (Full text of the Order may be found here).
Now, this Executive Order isn’t even close to what the President promised to do – in fact he pulled back quite a bit from what he had promised to do, which was a total ban on Islamists in the United States. Even so, the loony liberal media apparently can’t believe that we actually have a leader who does what he says he’s going to do – and they came out swinging, with the usual gaggle of half-baked celebrity interviews, and outlets like CNN practically frothing at the mouth with excitement over the story which they believed could potentially devastate Donald Trump.
However, before we look at some of the media comments and correct some of their errors and flat out lies, I wanted to focus for a moment on the high-tech sector -which for some very odd reason spent a considerable amount of time today criticising this immigration ban, and for some reason also seemed to get incredible coverage from mainstream media.
Why specifically this industry was affected or chosen as spokesmen is beyond me, but it seems that there are a lot of people from questionable countries perhaps that are working for these giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Here are just a few of their tweets and statements:
Throughout Saturday, January 28, there were several news outlets that I felt did much worse than others in terms of telling the story of this immigration ban. CNN and the New York Times were probably by far the most inaccurate, spinning facts so badly they were laughable – and infuriating:
- CNN reported that the ban affected 135 million people. This is completely idiotic as IBI Times reported on August 13, 2015, that:
The immigrant population in the United States hit a record high of 42.1 million in the second quarter of this year, an analysis of monthly Census Bureau data by the Center for Immigration Studies, released Thursday, has revealed. The number of immigrants rose by 1.7 million since the same time last year. Immigrants currently comprise 13.3 percent of the nation’s total population, reaching the highest level in the nation in 105 years.
On average, however, there have been approx. 1 million immigrants a year, and this ban is currently for 4 months only maximum. In addition, the countries named have never been a big immigrant source for America, with the exception of Iraq in the top 10 nations, with at about 96,000 per year.
- Population: 82,801,633 (July 2016 est.).
- In America: 470,341 self-identified Iranian-American (2011 American Community Survey, US Census Bureau).
- Religion: Muslim (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%)
- Population: 38,146,025 (July 2016 est.)
- In America: 215,193 self-identified Iraqi–American (2015 American Community Survey, US Census Bureau).
- Religion: Muslim (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%)
- Number of Recent Immigration applications: 9,552 (2013), 19,153 (2014)
- Population: 6,541,948 (July 2015)
- In America: 2,979 self-identified Libyan-American (2000 US Census Bureau)
- Religion: Muslim (official; virtually all Sunni) 96.6%, Christian 2.7%,
- Population: 10,817,354 (July 2016 est.).
- In America: 126,948 self-identified Somalian-American (US Census Bureau).
- Religion: near 100% Muslim, small Christian minority
- Population: 36,729,501 (July 2016 est.)
- In America: 42,214 self-identified Sudanese-American (2013 American Community Survey, US Census Bureau)
- Religion: 100% Muslim (100% Sunni)
- Population: 17,185,170 (July 2016 est.)
- In America: 154,516 self-identified Syrian-American (2015 US Census Bureau).
- Religion: Muslim 87% (official; Sunni 74%, Alawi, Ismaili, Shia 13%), Christian 10%, Druze 3%
- Population: 27,392,779 (July 2016 est.)
- In America: 40,731 self-identified Yemeni-American (2014 Community Survey, US Census Bureau).
- Religion: 99.1% Muslim (65% Sunni, 35% Shia)
One of the first things I noticed, of course, was that all the flags look the same except for Somalia, which was very strange. I’m sure it’s a coincidence but considering they are in different parts of the world, it’s unusual.
The second thing that I noticed, and probably the most important in terms of what we were just talking about – there is definitely not 135 million people that will need to be helped by the Immigration office – and in fact there’s nearly 220 million people in the 7 countries named, so no idea where CNN got its stats from but clearly it’s delusional and/or reporting fake news as usual.
All media outlets have called this is a ban on Muslims. Let’s be clear – this is no more a ban on Muslims than calling off a Toronto Blue Jays game could be construed as shutting down Major League Baseball, or taking an item off of McDonald’s menu would be the same as shuttering the entire chain.
First off, Islam is found in all 196 countries of the world – so banning 7 countries out of 196 is 3.5%, not a total ban as the hysterical Left suggests. Nor is even a ban on 220 million people in those 7 countries (and not all are Muslim) out of 1.6 billion Muslims in the world (as of 2010, according to Pew Research) valid evidence of a total ban (its 13.7% maximum)
3. Big media also falsely claimed that President Trump had picked the countries himself for this ban. in fact it was Barack Obama who may have chosen most of these countries over a year ago as part of his “countries of concern list”. In fact, National Public Radio (NPR) contended that Trump picked countries the family doesn’t do business with.
Total BS. On January 21, 2016, President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security announced that it was placing limited restrictions on certain travellers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011. In February 2016, Al Jazeera reported the Obama Administration added Libya, Yemen, and Somalia to the list of “countries of concern”. That is the COMPLETE LIST announced Friday.
4. The Executive Order bans Muslims and/or bans these 7 specific countries. The link was provided above for the Executive Order, which President Trump signed on Friday, January 26. The text of the Executive Order is being hosted by CNN – so there is no inherent Trump bias.
I defy you to read things from start to finish and find an example of more than ONE of those seven countries (besides Syria) that’s actually even named in the Executive Order. I defy you to also find the word “Muslim” or “Islam” anywhere in that Executive Order – IT DOES NOT EXIST.
The Executive Order refers to “foreign nationals admitted to the United States“. It also says that seeks “Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits” to “nationals of countries of particular concern” – and then the administrative staff simply used the Obama administration’s list in their announcement – all 7 countries are again NOT named in the Executive Order.
It does target Syrian nationals specifically as, of course, there was a separate immigration outreach to them, and President Trump had made very clear on the campaign trail that he was not comfortable with it – because the US was letting in people who had never been properly vented.
President Trump, in fact, stated very clearly that a system of “extreme vetting” was going to be developed to make sure that everyone from the 7 countries in the future was, in fact, safe to bring into the US – so, therefore the plan MUST BE to bring them into the US.
SO LIBTARDS OF AMERICA REJOICE – there’s no monster hiding under your bed. There is one visible, however, at virtually every anti-ban protest. This particular monster lies to rile up the crowd – which is tantamount to SEDITION.