President Donald Trump has taken center stage as the world’s biggest supervillain for temporarily banning some immigrants and refugees from entering the country, but the public seems to have collectively forgotten that former president Barack Obama did the exact same thing in 2011 – and the world as we know it did not, in fact, come crashing down.
A report by ABC News that was published in 2013 revealed that, two years prior, the Obama administration had quietly stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months. Among those barred from entering the country were those who aided U.S. ground forces as interpreters and intelligence assets.
The move came in response to an FBI investigation that determined that dozens of terrorist bombmakers might have accidentally been allowed to move to the U.S. under the guise that they were war refugees.
Two al Qaeda operatives who later admitted to having attacked U.S. troops in Iraq were discovered living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a shocking oversight that prompted the FBI to begin analyzing IED remnants to scan for fingerprints.
Statistics gathered by the State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton at the time, reveal that the organization ended up resettling only half as many Iraqi refugees in the U.S. as it had the year prior, confirming that the six-month ban had indeed been enacted.
While Trump’s immigration and refugee resettlement ban is significantly larger in scope since it targets multiple countries, it will span only four months at the latest.