October 20, 2019

Tinkering Won’t Save the Immigration and Refugee Executive Order

In a recent post I pointed out the serious flaws in the Trump administration’s claim that the seven countries identified in its Executive Order on immigration were selected on the basis of the Obama administration’s analysis. The different context for the Obama administration’s identification of the seven countries rendered those countries a fairly arbitrary choice for the stated purposes of the Executive Order. But I have subsequently been asked what a more logical selection would have been in light of the Trump administration’s goals.

In light of former New York mayor and Trump advisee Rudi Guiliani’s claim that the Executive Order arose from Trump’s desire to find a way to make his campaign trail pitch for a Muslim-ban legal, there are problems with taking the Executive Order’s stated goal at face value. But assuming for the moment that the true intent was indeed to “protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States” there would have been a number of more logical options for Trump to pursue. Continue reading here.


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