Sunday, December 15, 2019

President Trump must add Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to ‘travel ban’ list

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How many more lives need to be lost to Islamic terror before it becomes fashionable to shut off mass migration and visas from the Middle East?
A parallel question is often asked by the Left about gun control after a mass shooting incident, but there is one important distinction: American citizens’ self-defense is an inalienable right; all immigration, including mass migration, student visas, and foreign military training visas, is not.
On Friday, just hours before the commemoration of the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, a naval base in Pensacola was attacked by a Saudi Arabian national. At least 10 other Saudis are also training there. Unlike at Pearl Harbor, however, this attack was committed by an enemy within that we electively brought into the country, and then onto our military bases. Why?
Imagine if the American people were given a voice as to whether we will electively bring in an estimated 850 Saudi pilots to train on our military bases. What if we had been given a choice after 9/11 of whether to double our intake of immigration from the Middle East? What if we had been told that after 15 Saudi nationals flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, we’d bring roughly 40,000 students from Saudi Arabia into our universities every year? Would the public have supported such a suicidal plan? Fat chance.
What happened to severe vetting?
Ironically, in a statement that will live on in infamy, President Trump said the following about immigration from the Middle East on December 7, 2015, on the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor:
Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.
This appears to have been the case with Saudi Royal Air Force pilot Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. Even though he was supposed to be among the most vetted of our visa recipients – foreign military trainees – a Twitter account believed to be Alshamrani’s had a short manifesto posted before the attack spewing hatred against America and Israel. This from a man who has been given every opportunity to succeed – by America.
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE.

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