Drudge is reporting the news with this banner headline tonight! If this is true, this is big!
Trump to Unleash Immigration Orders
Update Jan. 25th: Be sure to see the latest this morning,here. Reuters:
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.
In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
Trump’s restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can increase the intensity of the vetting process.
The Republican president was expected to sign the orders at the Washington headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, whose responsibilities include immigration and border security.
Anxiety has been building all day about whether President Trump was going to squish-out on doing anything serious about reining-in immigration.
I reported in my earlier post todaythat Wrapsnet has been down all weekend, but it is back up and we learned that a huge number of refugees have been admitted just since Inauguration day—990! So, if this is accurate news, that Trump will pause the refugee program, it couldn’t come soon enough.
See our new Trump Watch!category here.
He said he would do it on day one. No sign of anything happening today, on day 4, and it sure looks like his White House doesn’t even have refugees on its radar.
However, John Binder writing at Breitbartyesterday postulates that something on refugees will be coming sooner than expected. Really? It is already later than expected and comments from Sean Spicer at the first White House press briefing don’t sound hopeful (or knowledgeable). Every day that Trump delays gives the Open Borders leftist activists more time to bash him and organize against him, so he should just get the pain over with quickly in my opinion. ***Update*** FAIR is reporting that the President still plans to “use his pen” for an executive order on extreme vetting of refugees, see here in coming “days and weeks.”
Here, below, Maria Jeffrey writing at Conservative Review points to press secretary Sean Spicer’s brushoff regarding refugees yesterday.
(Hat tip: Richard at Blue Ridge Forum)
In his first formal press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer couldn’t answer a question about President Trump’s refugee policy.
A reporter asked Spicer, “What’s the status of the Refugee Resettlement Program?”
Spicer told her, “I don’t know. I’ll have to get back to you on that one right now. Or, I think the best thing to do would be to contact the Department of State.”
Contact the State Department where the foxes are obviously still in control on the refugees! And, who would one even call there?
On the campaign trial, President Trump said that refugees seeking to come into the United States were a “Trojan horse” and that, in his administration, refugees would have to submit to rigorous vetting in order to be granted entrance. [See my previous post about how cursory the screening really is!—ed]
While the normal refugee resettlement process takes nearly two years, the Associated Press reported in April 2016 that, with the spike in refugees seeking admission to the U.S., the process was condensed to three months.
The Obama administration let in an unprecedented number of refugees in the past few years. [Yes, see here!—ed]
Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz has observed, “numbers matter when it comes to Middle Eastern immigration, cultural assimilation, and security risks.” Further, Horowitz asks, “when did the American people ever vote for such radical social transformation?”
The election of Donald Trump was a repudiation of many Obama-era leftist policies, and the admission of unprecedented numbers of refugees was one of them. It’s now up to President Trump to fulfill his own promises.
Yes, because I am beginning to hear the word “betrayal” on his immigration promises.
So much could be done to pause many immigration programs until Congress can be forced to act. Continue reading here. People are policy!
Spicer (Reince’s right hand man) came to his present perch from the Republican National Committee, not known for its work in reining-in immigration.See here. Laura Ingraham, earlier considered for the job of Press Secretary, comes from a very different place on the immigration issue—a loss for us, a win for the establishment.
What’s up with Wrapsnet?
There has been no data posted since I reported last on Saturday morning.Wrapsnet, for new readers, is where the US State Department almost daily reports on refugees being admitted to the US: their numbers, their nationalities, their religions and where they are being placed. The site stopped posting data on Saturday, the 21st, with 30,063 refugees processed in to your towns and cities since October 1, 2016.
Here are the options from benign to worrying that could explain the mystery:
~It was just time to fix/repair something with the database, something that has happened periodically over the last few years.
~Because of the transition, staff at Wrapsnet are behind in data processing (however, the Refugee Processing Centeris a contractor, so I don’t see why their work couldn’t continue).
~The Obama team cut it off just as they walked out the door and no one on the Trump team has a clue that it isn’t working.
~The Trump team cut it off on purpose so that we couldn’t continue to report the numbers entering the US while they took no action.
Just discovered by a citizen activist is this May 2016 discussion about the pros and cons of admitting Middle Eastern refugees to the US at McCuistion, a non-profit organization. We learned that The Foundation for Responsible Television has been producing the McCuistion Program for 20 years.
It is a 28-minute program and you can watch the whole thing below, but what our activist wanted you to hear is near the beginning of the discussion where A.J. Irwin, a former Homeland Security agent and expert on terrorism (see here at wikipedia) describes the screening process that we have been told is so long and so thorough. (Hat tip: Jim)
Remember, for the Syrians, the Obama Administration sent more agents to the Middle Eastto reduce the time it takes to bring them in. They processed them to your towns and cities within 3 months.
Begin listening at 2:50 until 4:57 and learn about the screening process that has largely been kept secret from us with euphemisms about how “robust” it is!
“…when we send refugee officers over there to interview people, they have a mission and their mission is not to detect fraud or identify terrorists, it’s to process these people and get ’em into the system….
When they sit down at their desks or their cubicle, the line is as far as they can see. And they have the pressure of processing these people. So they don’t spend a whole lot of time talking to them. They get their basic information, they see if they meet the basic requirements – have a credible fear – what it’s based on. And then they move on to the next person. So this process is very rapid and the mission, again, is more service. It is not enforcement; it’s not detection of fraud or national security.”
Be sure to see Senators Cruz and Sessions let looseon Homeland Security rep at hearing last September. Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was forced to admit that many Syrians were admitted on the basis of their “personal stories.” [Donald where are you, this would be easy to stop!—ed]
You know and I know that they all have manufactured stories about how they will be persecuted if we don’t take them to America. I bet the vast majority say that ISIS is after them. Ha! Well if we destroy ISIS, then what? Will they go home?
Watch the full discussion below or click here: