The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in President Trump’s executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under the Obama administration.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday correctly pointed to the Obama administration’s actions as the basis for their selection of the seven countries. Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. In addition to Iraq, Syria, Iran and Libya, the Obama administration actually added Somalia, Sudan and Yemen to the list.
It was actually Obama’s deputies who made this even possible for President Trump to write the executive order as it was based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015.
Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act as part of an omnibus spending bill. The legislation restricted access to the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens from 38 countries who are visiting the United States for less than 90 days to enter without a visa.
Obama restricted visa waivers for those seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — and now, Trump is looking to bar immigration and visitors from the same list of countries.
Is this a Muslim ban?
No. The ban includes seven Muslim countries, but these countries are not even the most populous Muslim countries. They are also not among the top sources of Muslim immigration to the U.S. The top countries with the highest muslim population were not on the list either.
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