Trump owns his refugee freeze; Obama used UN blanket for his ‘alien’ ban

Obama proclamation July, 2011

Obama’s proclamation in July, 2011 (Via White House)

At present US media have collapsed in near-universal hysteria because President Donald Trump has temporarily suspended entry to our country from seven nations. Voice of America reported a suspension of refugee admissions for 120 days.

The Trump policy, while not identical, resembles a policy former president Barack Obama implemented in a presidential proclamation in July, 2011, as he prepared to run for reelection.

What’s the difference between the policies?

For one thing, Trump owned his. Obama used the United Nations as a blanket for his “alien” ban.

The Obama proclamation remains online. The URL, in case the website changes, is

“I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of aliens who are subject to United Nations Security Council travel bans as of the date of this proclamation.”

Here is the subtitle of Obama’s proclamation:


And here are the links and countries impacted:

Annex  A:  United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs)

1) UNSCR 1521 (2003) (concerning Liberia):
2) UNSCR1572 (2004)) (concerning Côte d’Ivoire):
3) UNSCR 1591 (2005) (concerning Sudan):
4) UNSCR 1636 (2005) (concerning Lebanon):
5) UNSCR 1718 (2006) (concerning North Korea):
6) UNSCR 1844 (2008) (concerning Somalia):
7) UNSCR 1857 (2008) (concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo):
8) UNSCR 1907 (2009) (concerning Eritrea):
9) UNSCR 1929 (2010) (concerning Iran):
10) UNSCR 1970 and 1973 (2011) (concerning the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya):
11) UNSCR 1988 (2011) (concerning Afghanistan):
12) UNSCR 1989 (2011) (concerning Al Qaeda)

During Obama’s terms, media downplayed the risk of ideology associated with global jihad, and the president did the same. However, a careful study of US government records combined with observations in media abroad indicate the global conflict stemming from jihadist doctrine presents dangers downplayed not only by Obama but by his predecessor George W. Bush during his second term.

In the book Defeating Jihad, Dr. Sebastian Gorka explains the ascendancy of global jihad, reminding the reader that terrorism committed on behalf of political Islam is globally connected. While Obama often remarked on the absence of terrorist attacks on US soil, his remarks were deceiving. A single country isn’t bringing murder and mayhem to communities around the world. A single ideology is, and it is political and transnational.

Gorka details Ayman al Zawahiri’s goal written by the successor to Osama bin Laden in the book Knights Under the Prophet’s Banner:

“The final message…is very simple: God is on the side of the jihadists. Their eventual victory over all disbelief, including the destruction of America, is inevitable.” The members of the human race have one simple choice to make: join the ‘caravan of jihad’ or be destroyed.” [pg 105]

Bear in mind that Muslims, Christians, and others who do not adhere to primitive interpretations of theological works are primary victims of this Islamist imperialist movement. Chaker Khazaal, writing for far left website The Huffington Post, explains policies of Arab states on these refugees in an article titled No, Arab Gulf Countries Are not Taking in Refugees [Oct., 2016].

In a writeup about Trump’s policies, the Voice of America declined to note Obama’s actions in 2011. Other media have also ignored the Obama proclamation.

A primary duty of a US president is defense of the country. Trump’s executive order, like Obama’s before it, upholds that duty.

Media play a dangerous and misleading game by downplaying the threat of imperialist jihad. Media did the same thing before World War II and before September 11, 2001.

Trump put his policy announcement in place as fulfillment of a promise to voters who gave him popular vote wins in 30 states and one District in MaineDemocrats’ selected nominee Hillary Clinton took 19 states, the District of Columbia, and two districts in Maine—in each of those, she won the popular vote.

Obama put his temporary ban in place via proclamation as he prepared to run again for president.

The text of Trump’s executive order reportedly issued on Friday is not yet on the White House website. CNN published what the network claimed to be the “full text.” 

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 28, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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