1. US reaching out to allies to explain immigration order: White House

US reaching out to allies to explain immigration order: White House

The Trump administration is reaching out to its friends and allies through diplomatic channels to explain to them the order on travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.

By: | Washington | Published: January 30, 2017 12:06 AM

 

Spicer said after the executive orders were issued by the US President, as many as 325,000 people from foreign countries entered the US yesterday alone. (Reuters) Spicer said after the executive orders were issued by the US President, as many as 325,000 people from foreign countries entered the US yesterday alone. (Reuters)

The Trump administration is reaching out to its friends and allies through diplomatic channels to explain to them the order on travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, extreme vetting from others and stopping of Syrian refugees, the White House said today.

“We are working through all the diplomatic channels necessary to make that sure our friends and our allies around the globe understand that our position is to protect our borders and to make sure this is about slowing the process down,” White House Press Secretary Sea Spicer told ABC News.

Spicer said after the executive orders were issued by the US President, as many as 325,000 people from foreign countries entered the US yesterday alone.

Only 109 people from the seven identified countries were questioned.

“Those 109 people are being processed through the system to make sure that the vetting is applied, that they didn’t do anything nefarious overseas. I think that’s what we should be doing,” Spicer said.

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“We shouldn’t let people just reenter the country who are not citizens of the United States because they have gone to a place we have concerns about. They should be asked certain questions. They should go through extreme vetting to make sure that when they re-enter that they continue to do so with peaceful purposes,” he said.

The executive order, he asserted, sends  strong message to the Muslim world that the US will defend its people.

“What it sends is that we’ll protect our country an people. There are 46 other countries that with Muslim populations that are not part of this. That’s an important thing to note. So whether you’re talking about Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman or the UAE, there’s 46 Muslim majority countries that are not in this seven,” he said.

Spicer said the US is “looking at all of this holistically” when asked why countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not on this list of seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia.

This is only the first step, he observed.

“Those were identified by the previous administration. There were further travel restrictions already in place from those seven countries. What the President did was take the first step through this executive order of insuring that we’re looking at the entire system of who’s coming in, refugees that are coming in, people who are coming in from places that have a history or that our intelligence suggests that we need to have further extreme vetting for,” Spicer said.

In the next 120 days, he said the US will “put a system in place” that looks country by country, group by group, and make sure that they have appropriate vetting in place.

“What we’re going to do is make sure that people who have been persecuted for either religious or other reasons have an opportunity to apply and go through a vetting system that ensures they’re coming to this country to seek asylum, to seek a new life for themselves or their family, but to do so with peaceful purposes,” Spicer said.

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    Hassan
    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:18 am
    Countries of the world have a preemptive legal right to protect their borders in any way they like to sauard their territory and also the potion. However the more diverse the potion gets specially on religious, racial and culture grounds it becomes extremely difficult to protect borders. A million refugees crossing from Afghanistan or stan to Iran, or two million Syrian refugees crossing over into Turkey or Jordan will not create much problem as the religion,culture and race of the host and the refugee potion are nearly the same. However the same cannot be said when a million stanis, Syrians, Iranians cross into Europe or the USA. Here the religion, culture, race and color of the host and the refugee or immigrant potion is not the same and sooner rather than later a clash will occur specially when restrictions are imposed such as what the USA has done. In medium to not very long term as the refugee and immigrant potion grows in size, they will become more politically vocal and volatile, and start demanding specially those originating from countries such as Iran, stan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh more than their share in the host countries creating divisions on religious and political grounds leading to the economic downfall of the host country. A million or more refugees from Afghanistan and stan coming to Iran or from Syria to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon will not create much of a problem as race, color, religion, culture and other criteria are the same. But a million or more Syrian, stani, Iranian, Afghanistan, Bangladesh refugees in Europe or the USA will create immense problems and in no time the host countries will not be able to protect their borders as the experience of the USA is now showing. Immigrants from countries from Thailand, Vietnam, India, etc merge and adapt with the host potion. But the same cannot be said about stan, Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Syria and the Arab countries.
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      AdviceOne
      Jan 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm
      Great Explanation by White House Press Secretary Sean er.It will be great if White House Press Secretary Sean er takes my situation of waiting in India since 2008 to come back to USA where I worked in USA from 98-2008 on H1B visa and just one step away from receiving the greencard. Request my employer in the US to rehire me back to USA as mentioned earlier and get me the greencard. Purchased house,car in USA and sted in India as my personal visit extended from 2008-2012 and could not get back to USA
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