Former President Donald Trump has issued a call for current President Joe Biden to reinstate his travel ban on certain Muslim majority countries and to keep refugee restrictions Trump had imposed during his time in the Oval Office.
“If Joe Biden wants to keeps our Country safe from Radical Islamic Terrorism, he reinstitute the foreign country Travel Ban and all of the vetting requirements on those seeking admission that go with it, along with the refugee restrictions I successfully put in place,” Trump wrote in a statement that was recently released by his office.
“Terrorists operate all over the world and recruit online,” he said. “To keep terrorism and extremism out of our Country, we need to have smart, commonsense rules in place so we don’t repeat the many immigration mistakes made by Europe — and the USA prior to ‘Trump.'”
On his first day in office, Biden reversed Trump’s travel ban as a part of several sweeping executive orders. Democratic critics of the ban said it targeted Muslims. Trump during his campaign had called for a complete and total ban of Muslims in an effort to keep out Islamic extremist terrorists.
In a revision of that policy that would meet legal standing, his administration instead focused on countries that had terror ties, but critics said it was still effectively a “Muslim ban” since most of the countries were “Muslim majority.”
The Trump White House countered it was the same terror list used by the Obama administration.
Trump also lowered the cap of refugees allowed into the country every year in office, ending with 15,000 for fiscal 2021. President Joe Biden vowed as a candidate to raise that level to 125,000 a year if elected, but only raised the cap recently after pressure from allies, and not to the promised amount.
The White House revealed on Monday that it is definitely going to be raising the cap on refugee admissions and is planning to do so by May 15 or possibly even earlier.
The president signed an order last Friday that limited refugee admissions into the United States to 15,000, which is a historic low cap.
Guess we’ll find out sooner rather than later what’s going to happen with that situation.