As promised, President Donald Trump signed Friday an executive order that enacts an immediate suspension on admissions of Syrian refugees into the United States and enforces an “extreme vetting” procedure for refugees from other countries in an effort to keep radical Islamic terrorists out.
“I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry,” the order, titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” reads in part.
The latest order will fully halt the flow of immigrants coming from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days. Furthermore, the US Refugee Admission Program will be placed on pause for 120 days, during which time it will be reconfigured to apply stricter vetting procedures to incoming refugees.
“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said after the swearing-in ceremony of Defense Secretary James Mattis. “We don’t want them here.”
Instead, Trump expressed support for only allowing those immigrants “who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
On the same day, the president also signed an executive order to raise military spending as part of an effort to “begin the great rebuilding of the Armed Services of the United States,” which will allow Mattis to begin “developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform.”