President Trump’s proposed “travel ban” on nations known to produce terrorists was a hallmark of his campaign–and one of the pledges most contested by the political Left. Most of Trump’s travel ban executive order is in effect, although the policy’s ultimate fate will likely be decided by the Supreme Court in October.
But the latest bomb attack in London has prompted the Trump administration to bring the travel ban into a national discussion once again. As posted on Twitter, President Trump responded to the London terror incident by saying the travel ban should be “larger, tougher and more specific.”
Trump’s tweet raises questions about what he means by “larger” and “more specific.” Likely, it would mean adding to the nationalities and conditions under which individuals are prohibited entry to the US.
Currently, the travel ban, officially known as Executive Order 13780, bars entry to persons from six countries for 90 days. As BBC notes, the countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
The order allowed entry to individuals from these countries who come to the US to visit or reside with “close family.” While Trump’s order defined this as exclusively parents, spouses, and children, a federal judge ruled that grandparents and many distant relatives must be considered close relatives for entry, as reported by CNN.
The Supreme Court lifted most of the federal judge’s restrictions on June 26, excluding the portion about grandparents and other relatives. The travel ban is to remain partly in effect while the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments regarding the executive order in October.
Because the Supreme Court allowed the order to go into effect in June, the 90-day ban from the six specified countries will be coming to a close on or around September 24. It will be up to President Trump to decide how to proceed after that point.
His response to the London bombing suggests he is willing to not only extend the length of the 90-day ban, but also increase its scope. The words “larger” and “tougher” could mean foreign nationals from additional countries may be blocked from entering the country.
According to the Washington Examiner, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed on Sunday that the White House is indeed looking into a stricter travel ban. McMaster told ABC’s This Week that, “If you can’t screen people effectively to know who’s coming into your country, then you shouldn’t allow people from that country to travel.” He also went on to describe the travel ban as a “first step” in a greater national security policy.
“So, what the travel ban is is it’s a first step, a first step in better screening, better sharing of information to encourage governments to meet the requirements that we have so it allows us to protect our own people.” McMaster’s statement seemingly coincided with Trump’s repeated campaign promise to put a “ban” on Muslim migration “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” a statement covered by the Washington Post.
As terror attacks continue in Europe, the reality of the dangers of open borders becomes self-evident. Is President Trump right to seek stricter restrictions on travel into the United States?
As Breitbart noted, one of the perpetrators of the London subway bomb that injured 30 people was 21-year-old Syrian migrant Yahyah Farouk. His accomplice was an 18-year-old refugee. Both men were raised in the same foster home.
London has been wracked by several terror attacks this year. As seen at the Daily Caller, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said that terrorism is “part and parcel” of living in a big city.