Rumors are flying alleging that the Trump administration — perhaps in light of the recent situation in the Middle East — is considering expanding its infamous travel ban to include more countries, thereby excluding possible threats and making America a safer place. What could be the problem with that?
Well, according to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who occupies the far-left regions of her party, President Donald Trump can’t expand the travel ban. Why? Because, she charges, that’s racism.
Bigger, better travel ban?
This story got underway on Saturday when the Associated Press published an article claiming that the Trump administration was looking to expand the travel ban.
“The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations,” the AP reported.
The outlet went on: “It’s unclear exactly how many countries would be included in the expansion if it proceeds, but two of the people said that seven countries — a majority of them Muslim — would be added to the list. The most recent iteration of the ban includes restrictions on five majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as Venezuela and North Korea.”
Whether this is true or not remains unclear, as the White House has yet to confirm or deny it. All we have so far is a statement from White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley extolling the virtues of the current travel ban.
“The Travel Ban has been very successful in protecting our Country and raising the security baseline around the world,” Gidley said, according to Breitbart. “While there are no new announcements at this time, common-sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures — because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”
The “Squad” responds
Whatever the case may be, Tlaib struck out at the Trump administration on social media last week.
“No more waiting,” she wrote of the alleged expanded ban in a tweet Friday. “Too many Muslims have been intentionally targeted, discriminated against, separated from their families and denied opportunities solely based on their faith. Straight up racism!”
Attached to Tlaib’s tweet was the message of one of her fellow so-called “Squad” members, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
“What do 5 out of 7 of these countries have in common?” wrote Omar in response to the AP’s article. “They are Muslim-majority countries the president already tried to ban. We need to pass the
#NoBanAct immediately to stop this madness.”
None of this, of course, should come as a surprise. This is the sort of stuff that Omar and Tlaib have been saying about Trump since joining the House. With them, America — and Americans — always takes a back seat.