The left loves to whine hysterically about President Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban,” but the president himself reminded the public on Sunday that it was his Middle Eastern-focused travel ban that is keeping ISIS fighters from returning to the United States and bringing their bloodthirsty religious mania with them. In the speech announcing the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Trump noted that terrorists who left the U.S. to join ISIS would not be coming back.
“They’re 8,000 miles away,” Trump said of the militant jihadists. “Now maybe they can get here, but we’ve done very well with homeland security and the ban which by the way is approved by the United States Supreme Court, as you know. We have a very effective ban. It’s very hard for people to come to our country. But it’s many thousands of miles away.”
Trump criticized European countries for refusing to take back their citizens who went and joined the Islamic State.
“The European nations have been a tremendous disappointment because I personally called – ‘Take your ISIS fighters’ and they didn’t want them. They said we don’t want them. They came from France, they came from Germany, they came from the U.K. They came from a lot of countries. And I actually said to them ‘If you don’t take them, I’m going to drop them right on your border and you can have fun capturing them again,’” Trump said.
“The United States taxpayer is not going to pay for the next 50 years,” the president promised. “We’re not going to pay tens of billions of dollars because we were good enough to capture people that want to go back to Germany, France, the U.K., and other parts of Europe. And they can walk back. They can’t walk to our country.”
Trump’s travel ban has been highly controversial, but for whatever critics might say about it, they can’t claim that it hasn’t been effective. Since going into effect in early 2017, the ban – together with a restructured refugee resettlement cap – has permitted less than 7,000 refugees from terrorist-haven countries like Chad, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Iraq to come into this country. And the majority of those actually came into the U.S. during that period of time when the travel ban was being litigated in the courts. Only 250 such refugees were granted entry to the U.S. in 2018.
Keeping our nation safe depends on killing people like al-Baghdadi, no doubt about it. But it also depends on keeping these lunatics on the other side of our borders. Trump understands that, and he’s done an amazing job of protecting the homeland.