Debunking the Absurd Trump Lie That Obama’s Policies Led to Muslim Ban

Since Donald Trump issued his ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries, people within his administration, and some within the GOP, have tried to claim that the outrage over this is a conspiracy against him being driven by the media since it “isn’t all that different” from what Barack Obama did when he was president.



Excuse my language, but that’s total bullshit.

One of these instances came in 2011 when Obama put a slight slow down on applications for Iraqi refugees following an actual threat where two refugees had been implicated in targeting U.S. troops. Even still, while applications were slowed, they were never completely stopped. Furthermore, there was not a ban on citizens traveling from Iraq to the United States. Normal Iraqi civilians were free to travel to and from the United States during this slowdown.

The other policy Trump and and his supporters have pointed to is The Terrorist Prevention Act signed by Obama, claiming that’s the source for the list of seven nations his ban targets. While it’s true those seven nations are on a list that the Obama administration identified as possible terror threats, the bill he signed was not a ban on travel from citizens of those nations. It simply put travel restrictions on people who had visited the listed countries:

The restrictions specifically limited what is known as visa-waiver travel by those who had visited one of the seven countries within the specified time period. People who previously could have entered the United States without a visa were instead required to apply for one if they had traveled to one of the seven countries.

The Terrorist Prevention Act signed by President Obama was not a ban, and it was part of a bill passed by Congress — not an executive order.

So this nonsense that Trump’s ban is really no different than these two measures taken by the Obama administration is absolutely ridiculous.

At no time did the Obama administration ban all citizens from these seven nations from entering the United States.



In 2011, he simply put a slow down on applications for Iraqi refugees, though it was never a complete halt to the refugee program. Then, in 2015, he signed a bill passed by Congress that set certain travel restrictions for people who had visited certain nations that were identified as problem areas for terrorism.

However, in absolutely no way could anything the Obama administration did be considered a “ban” that’s on par with the executive order Trump signed.

This is just another pathetic attempt by pathological liars, propagandists, and people who believe in “alternative facts” to blame Barack Obama for the incompetence of Donald Trump and the spineless Republicans who refuse to stand up against him.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Brian

    Yes how dare Trump defend our borders from hostile third worlders and draw comparisons to Obama’s ban on immigration from Iraq? All your argument amounts to os “OBAMA IS A BLACK DEMOCRAT SO HE CAN DO IT BUT I DON’T LILE TRUMP!”
    Salt is delicious.

    • keh

      I would take you more seriously if you knew how to spell.

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        or if he made any sense

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  • puzzled1

    Allen, Allen, Allen. There you go again with confusing myths with reality.

    The countries whose citizens are barred entirely from entering the United States is based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015.

    Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act as part of an omnibus spending bill. The legislation restricted access to the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens from 38 countries who are visiting the United States for less than 90 days to enter without a visa.

    Though outside groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and NIAC Action — the sister organization of the National Iranian American Council — opposed the act, the bipartisan bill passed through Congress with little pushback.

    At the initial signing of the restrictions, foreigners who would normally be
    deemed eligible for a visa waiver were denied if they had visited Iran, Syria,
    Sudan or Iraq in the past five years or held dual citizenship from one of those countries.

    In February 2016, the Obama administration added Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list of countries one could not have visited — but allowed dual citizens of those countries who had not traveled there access to the Visa Waiver Program. Dual citizens of Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Iran are still ineligible, however.

    So, in a nutshell, Obama restricted visa waivers for those seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — and now, Trump is looking to bar immigration and visitors from the same list of countries.

  • puzzled1

    Oh Allen. Want to know more about “the truth on the muslim ban?”

    Watch this you tube video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNu4xU9qOEM

    Which you probably won’t. Since the biggest obstacle to the truth – is to
    be convinced you already know it.

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    Who thinks the people here illegally won’t vote… because it’s illegal. DUH!

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    Former CIA Director John Brennan, Democrats’ current favorite Republican John McCain, and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul have all warned that ISIS intends to infiltrate the refugee flow. Quotes available upon request. ISIS refugees have already committed atrocities in Istanbul and Paris. ISIS claims to have already infiltrated the US. Why doubt ISIS after its European successes? The temporary Trump ban seems prudent and, if anything, timid as Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia should have been included.

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