President Donald Trump just signed off on a revised version of his initial immigration order that banned immigration from seven Muslim majority nations.
The order made a number of changes to the original order that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down. Trump’s order temporarily bans travel to those without valid visas from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Iraq is dropped from the list of banned countries.
The order also clarifies that those with valid visas and green cards won’t be prohibited from traveling home from the newly banned countries. The ban on refugees is extended to all refugees rather than just Syrian refugees, and Christian refugees are no longer prioritized because the 9th Circuit Court ruled that the initial order discriminated against Muslims.
Jeff Sessions was among those who spoke to announce and defend the outlay of the new order, and during that he dropped a statistic that should shock everyone: 300 refugees are currently under investigation for connections to terrorism.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating approximately 300 refugees in the U.S. for terrorism, a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters Monday.
The official said this was “truly an alarming number,” and added that there are also approximately 1,000 investigations into potential domestic terrorists inspired or motivated by ISIS.
Two terrorist attacks by Somali refugees have injured more than 20 Americans in the past year. The DHS also pointed Monday to the case of another Somali refugee who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2014 for trying to set off a bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.
The announcement from the DHS official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, came as President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would temporarily stop refugee admittances for 120 days.
More than 4,300 refugees have entered the country in the past month since the 9th Circuit struck down Trump’s previous order stopping refugee entry. This new executive order will be effective on March 16, and during the halt in refugee entry, the government will review vetting procedures.