Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib invoked the worn-out Race Card again amid unconfirmed reports that the White House is considering expanding its travel ban to include seven more countries. A few of those nations are allegedly Muslim-majority.
President Trump’s 2017 temporary travel ban restricted travel from 44 countries identified by the Obama Administration as terrorist hotspots. The 90-day travel ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2018.
Ilhan Omar — a Somali refugee who has repeatedly trashed the United States — kicked off the grievance-mongering by tweeting:
“They are Muslim-majority countries the President already tried to ban. We need to pass the #NoBanAct immediately to stop this madness.”
What do 5 out of 7 of these countries have in common?
They are Muslim-majority countries the President already tried to ban.
We need to pass the #NoBanAct immediately to stop this madness. https://t.co/UxdV7SsnCU
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 10, 2020
Fellow Muslim Rashida Tlaib reacted by screeching: “No more waiting. Too many Muslims have been intentionally targeted, discriminated against, separated from their families and denied opportunities solely based on their faith. Straight up racism!”
For the record, “Muslim” is not a race. There are Muslims of all races around the world. It’s not limited just to black and brown people in the Middle East and Africa. Rashida Tlaib is being racist for suggesting otherwise.
No more waiting. Too many Muslims have been intentionally targeted, discriminated against, separated from their families and denied opportunities solely based on their faith. Straight up racism!
Pass #NoBanAct #RepealtheBan @MuslimAdvocates https://t.co/M47QECbGmD
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 10, 2020
The White House declined to confirm if it was considering expanding the 90-day travel ban, whose goal is to keep terrorists out of the country.
Keep in mind that this would be justified in light of Iran threatening to slaughter Americans en masse as retaliation for the killing of terrorist warlord Qassem Suleimani.
Iran controls a vast network of proxy terrorist regimes in numerous countries across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and America.
In a statement, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said:
“The Travel Ban has been very successful in protecting our Country and raising the security baseline around the world.
While there are no new announcements at this time, common sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures — because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”
In his 2018 majority opinion upholding the travel ban, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (a noted Trump critic) pointed out that the “policy covers just 8% of the world’s Muslim population.”
Notably, Indonesia — the country with the largest Muslim population — is NOT on the travel ban list.
Justice Roberts also pointed out that the Muslim-majority countries named in Trump’s 2017 executive order were identified as “countries of concern” by Barack Hussein Obama’s administration.
Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “The entry restrictions on Muslim-majority nations are limited to countries that were previously designated by Congress or prior administrations as posing national security risks.”
Muslim #TravelBan? Not so much. https://t.co/WMisMscUbz @Ramireztoons pic.twitter.com/Q9VLTf7hcx
— RESIDENT BIDEN (@jefferymyers) June 12, 2017
Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, underscored that other presidents instituted travel bans in the past, and the media silence about those were deafening.
“You know that there have been 44 total travel bans since 1980 by presidents, and these are the only two that the courts have ever stopped?” Paxton said. “Obama did SIX! No one cared about those.”
Former Iraqi Navy SEAL interpreter “Johnny Walker” supports the travel ban. Walker, who was born in Iraq, worked for six years as an interpreter with the U.S. Navy SEALs in war zones across the Middle East.
“Johnny Walker” is the code name that the Navy SEALs affectionately gave him, which he proudly still uses. Walker worked closely with legendary sniper Chris Kyle, who died in 2013. Chris Kyle served four tours in Iraq and was awarded four Bronze Star medals.
In March 2019, “Johnny Walker” became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He’s a vocal Trump supporter who slammed the manufactured media outrage over the temporary travel ban.
Walker says the Left is unfairly criticizing Trump for his temporary travel ban. Walker noted that the media played deaf and dumb when Barack Obama instituted the same travel ban during his presidency.
“Go back to 2011 when Obama announced a travel ban against Iraq for six months,” Walker told Fox News. “No one said anything about it. No one even mentioned it on the news!”
(Source: Fox News)
As experts have repeatedly pointed out, it was not a “Muslim ban,” because the 90-day travel ban only applied to five Muslim-majority countries but allowed travel from the 44 other Muslim-majority countries in the world.
Walker also made an important observation about the United States immigration process. “If you follow the legal procedure, this country will welcome you and they will love you,” he remarked.
“I support Trump and anyone like me,” Walker says. “I fought with American forces against savages in al Qaeda, Taliban and ISIS. And I followed the American procedures [to get lawful citizenship].”
Ilhan Omar slams Joy Reid for comparing Trump supporters to violent Muslims
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