Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) plans to hold a press conference at CAIR headquarters in Washington, D.C., to offer reaction to ‘anti-Muslim’ executive orders expected to be signed tomorrow by President Donald Trump restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African Muslim countries.
Reuters: President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Thursday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.
Trump’s orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous.
CAIR chief spokesjihadist Ibrahim Hooper told the NYDaily NewsTuesday that “the people coming to the United States as refugees or through the visa process are already vetted … It’s all pandering to fear and Islamophobia.”He said that CAIR, which has not been contacted for help forming policy by the administration, will look at the orders before deciding on possibly legal challenges.
The President would be within his rights to restrict the number of refugees and visas to specific countries, said immigration lawyer Stephen Legomsky, who worked as counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the Obama administration.
The George W. Bush administration temporarily halted the refugee processing system after Sept. 11, and restarted it after several months. Bush also started the (NSEERS) National Security Entry-Exit Registration System that registered and tracked non-citizens from 25 largely Muslim countries, though the program was suspended in 2011 and dismantled by Obama last month.
Muslim special rights groups like CAIR are preparing for President Donald Trump to issue executive orders that would institute a blanket suspension of visas issued to certain countries with majority Muslim populations, temporarily suspend the refugee resettlement program, and institute what Trump has called “extreme vetting,” or as one person called it, “a Sharia litmus test.”
Trump is also expected to move forward soon with plans to curb funding to so-called sanctuary cities that don’t arrest or detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.