Thursday, March 2, 2017

Removing Iraq From the Temporary Travel Ban [UPDATE]

UPDATE: March 1, 2017:  It has just been reported by Wolf Blitzer on CNN  regarding the revised travel ban that the White House will release in a couple of days, because of the urging from Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, Director of Homeland Security John Kelly, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, the White House is considering removing Iraq from the list of 7 in the travel ban.

Wow, that is what the Tales first urged on Jan. 30, 2017, so if it happens and President Trump removes Iraq from the travel ban, could the Tales possibly have played a part.  :-)

Here is the original post from Jan. 30, 2017: "I Hope President Trump Considers Removing Iraq From The Temporary Travel Ban":

I have been conflicted about President's Trump's temporary travel ban from 7 countries, especially with Iraq being one of those countries.  I can see good points from both sides of the argument and I certainly do not have any objection, and indeed whole heartedly support extreme vetting of immigrants and refugees from those countries where it is very difficult to get information needed do normal vetting-especially where there is a high level of Islamist terrorists.

I am pretty much in Hugh Hewitt's corner, where he believes in the concept of the executive order but believes Iraq should be removed from the list.  I especially believe that after watching Shepard Smith's afternoon show on the Fox News Channel where he interviewed Kirk Johnson, who was a former USAID coordinator working on the ground in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005.  Johnson especially speaks out for interpreters in Iraq who have risked their lives helping U.S. troops.

Shepherd Smith Interviews Kirk Johnson, Jan. 30, 2017:

So, I am not one of those hyper critical of the executive order, but I hope that the Trump administration will reconsider the list of 7 and at least remove Iraq from it.
Update: Feb. 3, 2017:  I just heard on the Hugh Hewitt radio show [Friday morning] that Senator John McCain has called for Iraq to be taken off the list.  I also heard a couple of days ago conservative pundit from NRO, David French, say that while he agrees with the policy, Iraq was problematical being on the list.

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