"This Is Not A Muslim Ban" - President Explins Policy Is Continuation Of Obama's 2011 Iraqi Refugee Ban

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Update: The White House has just released a statement confirming this is similar to President Obama's plan...

President Donald J. Trump Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

"America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.


My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.


The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.


To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering."

As we detailed earlier, a president who chooses to ban immigrant refugees from majority-Muslim nations on the basis of national security and fears over terrorism is - according to the mainstream media and 1000s of Americans at various protests today - a vicious, soul-less, fascist, Islamophobic racist, and as bad as hitler (we are paraphrasing).

So what does that make President Obama - who halted all Iraqi refugees entering America for six months in 2011?

In 2015, the seemingly forgetful President Obama tweeted...

Just four short years after the State Department in 2011 stopped processing Iraq refugee requests for six months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered evidence that several dozen terrorists from Iraq had infiltrated the United States via the refugee program.

As The Federalist reported, after two terrorists were discovered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2009, the FBI began reviewing reams of evidence taken from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that had been used against American troops in Iraq. Federal investigators then tried to match fingerprints from those bombs to the fingerprints of individuals who had recently entered the United States as refugees:

An intelligence tip initially led the FBI to Waad Ramadan Alwan, 32, in 2009. The Iraqi had claimed to be a refugee who faced persecution back home — a story that shattered when the FBI found his fingerprints on a cordless phone base that U.S. soldiers dug up in a gravel pile south of Bayji, Iraq on Sept. 1, 2005. The phone base had been wired to unexploded bombs buried in a nearby road.


An ABC News investigation of the flawed U.S. refugee screening system, which was overhauled two years ago, showed that Alwan was mistakenly allowed into the U.S. and resettled in the leafy southern town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 60,000 which is home to Western Kentucky University and near the Army’s Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Alwan and another Iraqi refugee, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 26, were resettled in Bowling Green even though both had been detained during the war by Iraqi authorities, according to federal prosecutors.

The terrorists were not taken into custody until 2011. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. State Department stopped processing refugee requests from Iraqis for six months in order to review and revamp security screening procedures:

As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.

According to a 2013 report from ABC News, at least one of the Kentucky terrorists passed background and fingerprint checks conducted by the Department of Homeland Security prior to being allowed to enter the United States. Without the fingerprint evidence taken from roadside bombs, which one federal forensic scientist referred to as “a needle in the haystack,” it is unlikely that the two terrorists would ever have been identified and apprehended.

“How did a person who we detained in Iraq — linked to an IED attack, we had his fingerprints in our government system — how did he walk into America in 2009?” asked one former Army general who previously oversaw the U.S. military’s anti-IED efforts.

Obama has also still refused to explain how his administration’s security-related pause on processing Iraq refugee requests in 2011 did not “betray our deepest values.”

Of course, we are also sure that this is an entirely different situation to what President Trump has enacted.

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And for those wondering why President Trump chose those seven nations? Simple - because President Obama had already enacted travel restrictions on those same nations...

The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.


Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security had sixty days to determine whether additional countries or areas of concern should be subject to the travel or dual nationality restrictions under the Act. After careful consideration, and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that Libya, Somalia, and Yemen be included as countries of concern, specifically for individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011. At this time, the restriction on Visa Waiver Program travel will not apply to dual nationals of these three countries. DHS continues to consult with the Department of State and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to develop further criteria to determine whether other countries would be added to this list.


Last month, the United States began implementing changes under the Act. The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals. Under the new law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive these restrictions if he determines that such a waiver is in the law enforcement or national security interests of the United States. Such waivers will be granted only on a case-by-case basis. As a general matter, categories of travelers who may be eligible for a waiver include individuals who traveled to these countries on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations, and sub-national governments on official duty; on behalf of a humanitarian NGO on official duty; or as a journalist for reporting purposes.


The addition of these three countries is indicative of the Department’s continued focus on the threat of foreign fighters. DHS continues to review the security of the Visa Waiver Program, the threat environment, and potential vulnerabilities. This is the latest step in a series of actions over the past 15 months to strengthen the security of the Visa Waiver Program and ensure the Program’s requirements are commensurate with the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters, many of whom are nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries.


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greenskeeper carl's picture

The same place it was hiding while Obama was bombing moar countries than bush ever did. Crickets.

BabaLooey's picture


It's called HYPOCRACY

It's called IGNORANCE

It's called STUPIDITY



FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) BabaLooey Jan 29, 2017 4:27 PM

President Bannon ... sorry, meant brainwashing

Croesus's picture

I think somebody froze your brain, Libtard.

CheapBastard's picture

Anything said against Soweeto bin Bama be rayciss no madder how many brown and black muslims he killed.

Croesus's picture

Oh well...who cares what Libtards and their Chosenite handlers think?

ZD1's picture

Ride-sharing company Lyft and online residential lodging company AirBnB are both protesting President Trump’s executive order.

Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green (Tribe members) pledged to donate $1 million to the ACLU saying that “Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values."

AirBnB CEO Brian Chesky (Tribe member) said in a Facebook post that “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected,”

BOYCOTT globalist corporations like Lyft and AirBnB!


BabaLooey's picture

Congratulations - YOU are your own President of STUPID.

Go cry over on the myriad of libtard sites.


Site's picture

Are you one of those president bannon idiots? lol cry bitch cry, schumer tears for everyone

TheFederalistPapers's picture

Bannon would kick your ass for just breathing

shovelhead's picture

I hate when hippos do that.

gatorengineer's picture

I think he meant Hippocrapcy.....  What Moochelle left behind in the white hut

Got The Wrong No's picture

Leftist are the supreme devotees of Hypocrisy. They wallow in it without shame or remorse. 

ctiger2's picture

If it was a pure Muslim ban, then Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world would be on the list, and they're not.

brianshell's picture

Zero in on the threat. It is not race or gender or nationality. It is ideology. The threat is an ideology that demands submission. Like the terminator, it will never stop until you are dead.


Soros and zios think they can use the islam as a mercenary army to rule the world. Good luck with that.

kellys_eye's picture

The media could report this link to Obama's previous policy and Trump's current policy but then that would require them to report UNfake news.....

IridiumRebel's picture

Leftists? Hypocrisy much?

Sudden Debt's picture

Roosevelt was a good President right?



that nazi....





gosh... I guess as a Belgian dude, I'm the only one who knows a bit of US history...


Sudden Debt's picture






Immigration to America, Land of the Free
During the 1930s, immigration to America declined, because of harsh and restrictive laws set in by the Americans, because of factors like the Great Depression and the war looming in Europe. Immigrants from Central, Northern and Western Europe were practically welcomed into America whereas immigrants from places such as Asia were kicked out and hated.

During the 1930s, the Nation Origins Formula institutes a quota that caps national immigration at 150,000 people, and completely bars Asian immigration. Later on in 1934, they also stripped all Filipinos of US citizenship and severely restricted Filipino immigration to the USA.

ZD1's picture

During World War I, Democrat President Woodrow Wilson issued two sets of regulations on April 6, 1917, and November 16, 1917, that imposed restrictions on German-born male residents of the United States over the age of 14. The rules were written to include natives of Germany who had become citizens of countries other than the U.S.; all were classified as aliens. Some 250,000 people in that category were required to register at their local post office, to carry their registration card at all times, and to report any change of address or employment. The same regulations and registration requirements were imposed on females on April 18, 1918. Some 6,300 such aliens were arrested. Thousands were interrogated and investigated. A total of 2,048 were incarcerated for the remainder of the war in two camps, Fort Douglas, Utah, for those west of the Mississippi, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, for those east of the Mississippi.

During World War II, Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 that authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the deportation of Japanese Americans, German Americans and Italian-Americans to internment camps.

lolmao500's picture

But of course the medias will never point that out cause Trump is hitler or something

Hyper Entropy's picture

The Left is a bunch of depraved, morally bankrupt scumbags who smell like compost.

NumberNone's picture

Funny but the people that hate America are the most vocal to tell us what a America is about on this matter.

HalEPeno's picture

Been waiting for this to show up on ZH, and shut up all the dimwits who are accusing Trump of complicity with the Saudi's becuz of hotel interests.  Give it a few weeks and if Saudi is still exempt, you may have a legitimate gripe.

Duc888's picture



This is why I can't stand so called Liberals / progressives.


They're the ultimate hypocrites as well as pathological liars.

larz's picture

+1000 because of this it's hard to join them on any of  their causes their collective character is hideous

Neochrome's picture

Well to be honest, it was a Muslim on Muslim ban...

shovelhead's picture


Kinda like Chicongo's murder rate.

socalbeach's picture

Good video by Mike Cernovich on the subject. Not only drone attacks but also supporting AQ in Syria, attacking Iraq, kiling hundreds of thousands, etc.

Hypocrites Who Backed Obama Drone Attacks Have No Compassion Or Decency

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp1psOxPiPQ (1-29)

MFL5591's picture

Trump either get rid of Soros or this shit continues!

thismarketisrigged's picture

these libtards are the biggest fucking hypocrites out there.


they r only protesting this because its trump, they dont actually give a fuck about humanity. they r sick fucking ppl.


its crazy how a president actually wants to enforce the laws and these libtards throw a temper tantrum. its sickening.


immigration is totally fine, as long as it is legal and they r vetted. illegal immigration is not fine, and these ppl need to go. i have zero sympathy for them.


vast majority of them have been living here for several years, if not longer, and have made zero attempt to become legal, so now finally someone enforces laws, and i should fucking have sympathy? fuck no.

Duc888's picture



I must have missed it when Chucky Schuuuumer cried his eyes out when Obama did the same thing.


Last time I saw Schumer was at about 7 am this morning when I pulled the lever on the side of my toilet bowl.

nevertheless's picture

Oh please,  this is about manipulation of Americans, left and right!

shovelhead's picture

Because...pussygrabber...that's why.

nevertheless's picture

This is a concerted effort, and this does not represent all those on the left, so stop doing George Soros and his Zionist ilk's work for them.


This is a small group that are acting so that it will be used on "social media" to hype the division and the lies...


They win when we allow them to put us into boxes, and set us against each other. 

brianshell's picture

Don't forget the MSM, Soros henchmen who tilt the narrative for maximum effect.

logicalman's picture

The Left/Right divide and conquer paradigm continues to work, it would appear.

shovelhead's picture


I can never have common cause with moronic useful Soros funded idiots. They are as much of a scourge on this nation as their deep state handlers. If you want to waste your time reasoning with them, be my guest but I know who they are, and they are unreachable and lost to me.

They all need to be neutralized into irrelevancy.

logicalman's picture

Are you trying to prove my point?

Kinda looks that way.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And the only way President Trump will find redemption is with in General "Colon" Powell's own words before he went in with the team to launch the biggest invasion of that Country that he knew was a lie...

"You break it"!... "You fix it"!!!...

But how can you anticipate this from a psychopath that said on the campaign trail that we should have stolen all the oil in that Country before we left in 2011???!!!!

Same guy when asked if he would investigate the very events that started the "war on terror" saying only that he agreed that they should be investigated then never mentioning it thereafter!!!!


I'd say Trump is an NDAA Section 1021 and 1022 "Daddy" if ever there was one!!!

Tenshin Headache's picture

Trump doesn't always telegraph his moves. Just because he's not talking about something does not mean that it doesn't have his attention. He does mention 9/11 a lot.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

He does mention 9/11 a lot.

Then if he mentioned it alot -only one I know about which was in Henrico Virginia last Spring while campaigning saying that it needed to be investigated again?!!! And "yes" the mic picked it up, but I didn't seen him whip out that speech at Ground Zero on the Anniversary last year when it counted most going into an election?... Did you?!!!

Friends like Larry Silverstein will keep him from ever saying anything like that again....


When is Saudi Arabia going to be used as the "scapegoat" with Senator Graham's report before Congress during Trump's campaign??? At the very least we should have seen some transparency from the new Commander-in-chief to ensure they were on the "banned list" for migrants given that testimony. Don't you think!

brianshell's picture

Recall the logic presented prior to invasion of Iraq. First it was their fault. So we have to go in there and fix things for them. To cover our costs, we will accept oil as payment. How did that work out?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

You indiscriminately murder over 3 million of it's citizens over 13 years, then come up with a lie about WMD which you already destroyed in the First Gulf War that gave terminal cancer to your own soldiers that couldn't prosecute their own government for the chemical weapons Don Rumsfeld sold the Iraqi government in 1983???....


Only someone who had a good crack at it 2 years into the occupation would be that "stupid"to say something like what you just said. But as you know not only did we not hold it after 2... 4... 6... 8... 12... years just like that misadventure 40 years earlier called Vietnam we learned nothing from either, we're getting our asses kicked everywhere else in that Arab neighborhood with NO END IN SIGHT!

Can't wait to see where those exercises in the Baltic States take us in the "LETS BUST ANOTHER MOVE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS" Department!