Did Obama really start 'Muslim ban' before Donald Trump?

Casey Mills
January 30, 2017

As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News - even for many who had heroically helped USA forces as interpreters and intelligence assets.

The dual-citizenship ban doesn't apply to USA citizens who are also citizens of the seven nations singled out by Mr. Trump.

But there's still a distinct difference between the two policies.

In a draft of Trump's executive order, the countries listed are allegedly based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015.

In response to the order, protests have taken place outside major US airports while immigration lawyers from groups financed by billionaire George Soros, a champion of open border policies, were signatories to a lawsuit filed Saturday to block the order. For one thing, refugees don't travel on visas.

In 2011, Obama called a six-month hiatus on accepting refugees from Iraq. In other words, while there were delays in processing, there was no outright ban. The Iraqis were waiting to be sent back to Irbil, in northern Iraq, the official said. The entire goal of the Obama administration's 2011 review was to enhance the already stringent vetting to which refugees and SIV applicants were subjected. The Trump administration is, therefore, taking on a problem that has already been (and is continually being) addressed.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the State Department is set to extend Friday's immigration and travel lockdown to other visitors coming and going from the U.S. Even so, to mitigate unintended effects of that amendment, the administration used a waiver provided by Congress to ensure that it did not impact certain categories of people who traveled to those countries, like journalists, aid workers, or officials from global organizations.

That year, I met a fearless man named Norwas: one of many Iraqis who assisted our troops in Iraq and arrived in the United States on a special immigrant visa. Through his story, I learned that a translator's arrival in the United States was only the next chapter in a story of struggle, not the happy ending imagined.

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