Misleading the Public, Dumping on Trump

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The Washington Post recently ran a guest column titled “President Trump’s Refugee Ban Is Splitting Our Family Apart.”  It purports to be a critique of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, from a family that has been negatively affected. Authored by Todd and Tianna Rooney, of Brighton, Michigan, the article is filled with misleading assertions. And it’s the kind of ideological propaganda one would expect to find in a Democratic Party newsletter, not in the paper-of-record for our nation’s capital.

To start with, the title is misleading. The Rooney family isn’t actually being separated at all. The refugee in question isn’t their son. And Mr. and Mrs. Rooney have never met the young man. They admit as much: “In late May, we were thrilled to hear from Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services about the identity of our future son that we had been dreaming about.”

Their “son” is a sixteen-year-old Eritrean refugee they refer to as “K,” who is allegedly residing in an Egyptian refugee camp. And, according to the Rooneys, their dear “K” is a harmless victim. They just don’t understand why anyone would fear refugees or want to delay his admission to the United States. While the Rooney’s should be commended for their willingness to open their home to a child in need, they seem remarkably unable to comprehend the need to balance America’s humanitarian obligations against the safety and security of the American public.

In fact, in their eyes, the so-called “Trump travel ban” isn’t about national security. It’s about demonizing refugees. They state, “Over and over, Trump has attempted to convince U.S. citizens that refugees should be feared — however, as is typical of our president, there is simply no data to support this.” The clear implication is that President Trump is just a big, mean racist, who picks on refugee kids.

That doesn’t jive with reality. Young men, ostensibly fleeing persecution, have consistently been let into the United States, without sufficient vetting, because of foolish politically correct arguments like those advanced by the Rooney family. And they have consistently threatened the safety of everyday Americans: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, and the list goes on.

The president’s temporary moratorium on refugee admissions, and travel from countries with poor vetting, was the first realistic effort to find a durable solution to the security problems that have plagued American immigration programs in the post-9/11 world. It was a legitimate exercise of statutory authority, and it should never have been blocked by any reviewing court.

Yes, the so-called “ban” may inconvenience the Rooneys and “K.” But those inconveniences must be balanced against the safety of millions of everyday Americans who want to attend college or watch a sporting event without fear of being run over or blown up by people who should never have been in the U.S. in the first place. Do the Rooneys really want “K” to live in a U.S.A. where he’s not any safer than he was at home?

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Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats.He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

9 Comments

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    My family went through 12 yrs of separation from our only child, we did it legally. What makes these illegal migrants think they can stay together and get all the perks of citizenship for breaking the law!! Make them all do it legally or is it the case of whoever screams loudest!!

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      where r u from? how n why did you come here and why 12 years it makes no sense………without details you have no case

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    TRUMP/PENCE 45: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! THE PRESIDENT WILL SPEAK ON (DACA) TUESDAY AND I HOPE AND PRAY HE ENDS ANY AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BROUGHT HERE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. COME ON! THIS IS REDICULOUS THEY ARE VIOLATING EXISTING IMMIGRATION LAWS ALREADY WHEN WILL WE EVER ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS? SPEAKER PAUL RYAN IS AN ELECTED REPRESENATIVE HE WORKS FOR US AND WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND END TO IMMIGRATION INTO THE UNITED STATES. THAT IS RIGHT THIS IMMIGRATION ISSUE SHOULD HAVE ENDED YEARS AGO AND WE ARE FASTLY APPROACHING THE POINT OF NO RETURN. THE ONLY IMMIGRATION REFORM I WILL ACCEPT IS A MORATORIUM ON IMMIGRATION PERIOD OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN RIPPED OFF FOR OVER 50 YEARS AND I WANT COMPENSATION FOR THIS INJUSTICE. ANCHOR BABIES,REFUGEES,ASYLUM SEEKERS I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! I DO NOT IMMIGRATE TO THESE PEOPLES CONTRIES AND I DO NOT WANT THEM COMING HERE TO THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU

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      Hahahaha!!! Ripped off???!!! Hahahaha!!! Nobody Rips the USA it us!!!

      Immigration gave your SS pay check n American Dream if u were not lazy….. wake up David….r u uneducated n older than 50 years old?….

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    Angela Merkel, Obama’s favorite foreign leader, is now talking tough on limiting refugees into Germany. Typical. Why would anyone trust these liars. Because they immediately go back to the same nonsense once they are reelected. She announced loud and clear that any of them who came to Germany would be accepted. Then when they came by the hundreds of thousands she said that other countries would have to “take their share”. The eastern European countries like Poland, Austria, Hungary and others told her to go pound sand. It’s no coincidence that the countries that have refused to take in huge numbers of foreigners who have no concept or desire to live in the modern world are the countries that are not experiencing the terrorist attacks, widespread sexual assaults, and crime ridden neighborhoods where the police are afraid to enter. Trump said there were no go zones in Sweden and he was exactly right.

    Trump is now being accused of showing “no empathy” towards hurricane victims. Give me him any day over Obama’s perpetual tone of condescending patience as he explains what we rubes don’t know. After all, who was it that got caught saying whites in Pennsylvania “cling to their guns and religion”. I would rather not end up like England where you have to wonder if that van coming over the bridge is going to veer and run you over.

    The media has an announcement every other day about Russian collusion, like a Trump aide shook hands with a Russian at a public dinner, but they ignore a real scandal. That would be former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her Congressional Pakistani ” IT aide ” who she employed and defended for a long time after it became clear he should not have any access to secure materials. And when he lost his clearance earlier this year, she continued to pay him until he was arrested in July, because she claimed law enforcement was “profiling” him. So we should trust her with our security when her answer to a legitimate investigation is to proclaim him a victim of religious persecution?

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      Merkel is an educated, experienced human being. What do u know about War n life in your pitiful life Leland….you are simply ignorant n inexperienced…