WASHINGTON — The seven Muslim-majority nations focused in President Trump’s government order on immigration have been initially recognized as “nations of concern” beneath the Obama administration.
White Home Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday pointed to the Obama administration’s actions as the idea for his or her number of the seven nations. Trump’s order bars residents from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from getting into the U.S. for the subsequent ninety days.
“There have been additional journey restrictions already in place from these seven nations,” Spicer stated on ABC’s “This Week.”
“What the president did was take step one by means of this government order of making certain that we’re wanting on the complete system of who’s coming in, refugees which might be coming in, people who find themselves coming in from locations which have a historical past or that our intelligence means that we have to have additional excessive vetting for.”
Restrictions from Obama years broadened to a ban
In December 2015, President Obama signed into regulation a measure putting restricted restrictions on sure vacationers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011. Two months later, the Obama administration added Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the listing, in what it referred to as an effort to deal with “the rising menace from overseas terrorist fighters.”
The restrictions particularly restricted what is called visa-waiver journey by those that had visited one of many seven nations inside the specified time interval. Individuals who beforehand might have entered the USA and not using a visa have been as an alternative required to use for one if that they had traveled to one of many seven nations.
Beneath the regulation, twin residents of visa-waiver nations and Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria might not journey to the U.S. and not using a visa. Twin residents of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen might, nevertheless, nonetheless use the visa-waiver program in the event that they hadn’t traveled to any of the seven nations after March 2011.
Trump’s order is far broader. It bans all residents from these seven nations from getting into the U.S. and leaves inexperienced card holders topic to being rescreened after visiting these nations.
The chief order particularly invoked the Sept. eleven, 2001, terrorist assaults. A senior Trump administration official additionally pointed to the 2015 capturing rampage in San Bernardino, California, to justify the President’s orders though neither of the attackers within the capturing would’ve been…