Muslim Ban II: The Smell of Fear

The Muslim ban? It got cleaned up.

According to the fact sheet, the Department of Homeland Security will conduct a country-by-country review of the information the six targeted nations provide to the U.S. for visa and immigration decisions. Those countries will then have 50 days to comply with U.S. government requests to update or improve that information.

Additionally, Trump’s order suspends the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days, though refugees already formally scheduled for travel by the State Department will be allowed entry. When the suspension is lifted, the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. will be capped at 50,000 for fiscal year 2017.

The new version also to removes language that would give priority to religious minorities. Critics had accused the administration of adding such language to help Christians get into the U.S. while excluding Muslims.

As professional as it might look – “professional” meaning Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon used Spellcheck and Times New Roman 12 – the ban is still a dangerous farce. Why these six countries? How does the bill address the problem of radicalized American citizens? How does Trump force Rudy Giuliani to recant what he’s already said about the executive order’s intention? Every judge in America heard it.

Resist.

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