Update: Who is running the show, Trump or bureaucrats, see here.
Late last night word began to leak out that the much anticipated executive orders on the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program and immigrant visas from terror-exporting countries were being delayed.
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This is what Townhall says on the matter:
Posted: Jan 25, 2017 9:30 PM
Trump Delays Executive Order On Refugees, Immigration From Nations With Terrorist Activity
Christine wrote about it last night, but it looks like the executive order to curb refugees and immigration from nations that have a history of terrorist activity won’t be happening tomorrow, according to CNN. For the Left, they’re bound to go indiscriminately insane since it calls for a blanket ban on Muslim migrants for a four-month period, but a draft of the executive order seems to be pretty common sense, especially given the nations the Trump administration has selected to temporarily ban. At the earliest, the executive order could be signed by Friday. The language has not been finalized:
Continue reading here to see the language Townhall is posting. And, see here the lack of knowledge the Trump team appears to have about other refugees of concern, namely the Burma/Bangladesh Rohingya.
Here, we have a report from CBS News posted just after midnight about what the draft executive order contains:
The Associated Press obtained a draft of the executive order, which says that the president plans to suspend issuing visas for people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen for at least 30 days. The order also shows that President Donald Trump intends to stop accepting Syrian refugees and suspend the United States’ broader refugee program for 120 days.
Mr. Trump has the authority to determine how many refugees are accepted annually and he can suspend the program at any time. Refugee processing was suspended in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, restarting months later.
During the last budget year, the U.S. accepted 84,995 refugees, including 12,587 people from Syria and President Barack Obama had set the refugee limit for this budget year at 110,000.
Mr. Trump, according to his yet-to-be-signed executive order, will cut that program by more half to 50,000. The order said while the program is suspended, the U.S. may admit people on a case-by-case basis “when in the national interest” and the government would continue to process refugee requests from people claiming religious persecution, “provided that the religion….is a minority religion in the individual’s country.” That suggests that would allow the admission of Christians from Muslim-majority countries. [It would also allow Shiites from majority Sunni countries and vice-versa! Right?—-ed]
Do you see how this numbers game works?
Because Obama proposed 110,000 that becomes the benchmark! So, if Trump sets the number at 50,000 (we already have 31,521 in this fiscal year as of today), Trump can claim this is a huge reduction and the Open borders gang can cry foul because they had their hearts set on 110,000 (and LOL! their budget dreams were set on that number too!).