President Trump has signed an executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, according to the White House. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey. [Link and emphasis in original]That's right. From another Bloomberg piece:
The admission of refugees would be suspended for 120 days. Citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya would be banned from entering the U.S. for 90 days, while the government determines what information it needs from other countries to safely admit visitors. The order doesn’t list the countries but points to laws that cover those seven, which were provided by the White House.The piece also says that the ban of those fleeing Syria would be extended "indefinitely."
Like this possible terrorist:
His name is Omran Daqneesh and he's from Aleppo, Syria (so of course he's already suspect). He's covered with dust because he and his family were living in a district unlucky enough to be targeted by the Syrian regime for an airstrike aimed at the rebels in the area.
If he wanted to leave Syria to come to the relative safety of America (give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free), he's now denied that opportunity because Donald Trump thinks he might be a terrorist.
Omran was five when he got dust-bloodied.
But back to the original point of this blog post - while this is true:
President Trump's freeze on immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries cites the potential threat of terrorism. But here's the twist — it doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.This is also true:
In contrast, here are the countries of origin of radicalized Muslims who carried out deadly attacks in the U.S., beginning on Sept. 11, 2001: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Pakistan.Has Donald Trump let slide his fervent immigration concerns about countries where he just happens to make lotsa money and instead targeted countries where he doesn't make any? I suppose it's all a coincidence, right?
These questions are going arise whenever Trump makes a foreign policy decision that overlaps his business holdings.
This is why Trump should have respected the emoluments clause and now as a result he's violating the Constitution.