For the third time in as many months the citizens of London find themselves the victims of a terrorist attack. As of writing this there have been seven deaths reported and 48 people injured in this latest attack.
While all of the world watched the events unfold, President Trump took to Twitter placing policy before compassion.
President Trump and his administration have spent months defending what many have called a travel ban on Muslims. The President and his administration have continuously pushed back on calling it a travel ban, yet last night President Trump called it just that breaking their own narrative.
It is the inability of the administration to control its own narrative that continuously cause the media to hound them for clarification which then leads to frustrated and often heated responses from the lectern from Press Secretary Sean Spicer aimed at reporters. While entertaining, they are hurting this administrations ability to govern and that, in turn, hurts all Americans.
The Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States (EO 13769), its proper name as entered into record by The White House, that President Trump referenced in his Tweet called for a 120-day suspension of travel from seven countries as identified by President Obama’s administration as “presenting heightened concerns about terrorism and travel to the United States.”. The order also goes on to state the following:
“During the 120-day period, the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, shall review the USRAP application and adjudication process to determine what additional procedures should be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States, and shall implement such additional procedures.”
We are now 128 days from when the Executive Order was first signed and subsequently had an injunction placed on it preventing it from being fully executed. Though it specifically stipulates that the clock does not start on the 120-day period for the USRAP application and adjudication review until it is executed – what has the administration done to date in regards to the review?
The Executive Order has been stalled by the courts and is likely facing a lengthy legal debate. We are now beyond the time stipulated in the order if it would have been made effective without injunction. Shouldn’t proper vetting practices have been reviewed and implemented? President Trumps administration has not used this time wisely by not doing the actual work of the order that adds value and protects our citizens. Instead they spent it trying to defend the negligible part of the order.
The true value to this Executive Order is the review of the application process and implementing proper security protocols to ensure safe and legal entry into the United States that also accounts for stopping and/or deterring entry into the United States by those who seek to do its citizens harm. It is not necessary to suspend travel for such an insignificant window of time in order to conduct this review.
President Trump should withdraw the Executive Order and save the tax payers from paying for a legal process that is unnecessary and refocus his administrations energy on the application review and implementing vetting practices that could prevent events similar to those that have plagued London for the past three months from happening here in the United States.