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.