Judging from the thousands of people who turned out to protest President Donald Trump's executive orders pausing the U.S. refugee program and temporarily blocking entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, you might gotten the impression that thousands had been detained.
Vice News reported:
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security started telling news outlets, including ABC and NBC, that all individuals detained after Trump’s executive order on immigration over the weekend have since been released....
On Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security appeared to have a list of those who’d been denied entry but not a list of those detained. DHS told Reuters “about” 375 travelers had been affected by the order, including 109 who were denied entry and 173 prevented from boarding flights.
Phew. You'd have thought from media reports that focused and refocused and then re-refocused on the sign-carrying protestors that thousands have been spirited away into the government's dark dungeons. Not so.
Other information that hasn't got enough press attention are pointed out on the White House website:
My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting..... There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days. [Emphasis added]
The mishandling of the rollout of this policy is a perfect example of what so many people feared about Trump: That's he's impulsive and not thoughtful enough, especially when he's around the nuclear button. But it's also a perfect example of how the press will focus on the anecdotal that makes Trump look bad without enough balanced reporting.
The Trump policy should have been less vague and clearer about allowing people in who are worthy of entrance, such as people and their families that helped the United States in the Iraq War.
By the way, you'd think from the world-wide reaction that everyone thinks that they have a right to enter the United States. It's not their right. Is is a privilege.
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