In the wake of deadly Islamic terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, President Trump on Monday took to Twitter to decry the “slow and political” courts that have blocked his travel ban.
Executive Order 13780, signed by Trump in March, suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, restricts admissions and halts visa applications of citizens from Muslim-majority Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It includes other provisions designed to hinder the movement of terrorists to the United States.
Parts of the order were subsequently blocked by judges on the notoriously left-leaning 4th and 9th Circuit Courts. Last week, the Trump administration appealed to the U.S.
Supreme Court to allow the order to go into effect.
Trump tweeted early Monday morning, “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
He continued: “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to [Supreme Court]. The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version! In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”
While Trump has increased the vetting of visa applicants through social media checks and increased collection of biographical information, refugees continue to flood the United States.
According to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center, a total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May. It represents a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figure of 3,316 and is the second consecutive monthly increase in refugee admissions.
Many of these refugees come from countries included in Trump’s travel ban as hotbeds of terrorism. Since Trump took office, the State Department has resettled 1,655 refugees from Somalia, 1,603 from Syria, 779 from Iran, 425 from Sudan and 16 from Yemen.
While the recent climb is alarming, new arrival numbers for refugees have ultimately decreased since Trump began his administration. In May 2016, the State Department admitted 6,511 refugees to the United States – 64.5 percent more than in May 2017.
So far in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the U.S. has admitted a cumulative total of 46,371 refugees: 16,249 since Trump’s inauguration and 30,122 under the Obama administration.
According to an analysis by CNS News, 4,948 more refugees were admitted during the same period in FY 2016, and 3,504 more were admitted than during the same period in FY 2015.
Trump stated early in his presidency that he would like to keep refugee resettlements for FY 2017 under 50,000.
Though the hike in admissions may signal Trump is wavering on the issue, his recent tweets suggest that the White House is committed to further travel restrictions.
Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 includes $410 million for the refugee admissions program, a decrease of about 11.3 percent from FY 2016.
“Refugees themselves are capable of some horrendous attacks, such as the knife attack last November 28 at Ohio State University, or the knife attack on the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on September 17 of last year. Both of those attacks, which wounded 21 people, were carried out by Somali refugees,” he said.
Hohmann continued: “But then you have the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub last June and the mass shooting at San Bernardino in December 2015, both of which were carried out by second-generation Muslim immigrants – meaning they were born here but their parents came here as refugees, asylum seekers or through some other legal immigration program. So when we allow a family to migrate to America from a jihadist hotbed in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia, we are also taking a risk on their children becoming easy fodder for jihadist recruiters, whether they be with ISIS or some other terrorist organization.”
Hohmann noted that vetting the children of refugees or their descendants is essentially impossible, no matter how “extreme” the process.
To secure America, Hohmann believes Trump should set the annual ceiling on refugees to his original level of 50,000 for the current fiscal year, which would end refugee resettlement in the United States until October.
“This does not require an executive order,” Hohmann said. “Why [Trump] refuses to do take this one simple action, and in fact has allowed the State Department to nearly double the number of refugees coming into the U.S. from 900 to 1,500 per week, is a complete mystery.”