Conveniently, however, he's only taken advantage of the "opportunity" when the attacker is Muslim.
The brothers who set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013 came from Kyrgzystan and were children when their family entered the U.S. And Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, was born in NY to Afghan parents. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it was important to learn more about incoming immigrants.
The latest version of the ban, which would bar most people from eight countries from entering the USA, was blocked by two federal judges.
Cuomo ordered increased security at New York's airports, bridges, tunnels, and mass transit systems, and directed that the lights on the spire of 1 World Trade Center be lit in red, white, and blue in honor of "freedom and democracy". Schumer responded by calling on Trump to rescind proposed cuts to anti-terrorism funding, which would result from his most recent budget proposal.
At issue, what Trump called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program", an immigrant entry path Schumer supported back in 1990 but, in pushing for an ultimately doomed comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013, would have written out of the law. In addition to the eight fatalities, 13 people were injured, some critically. "It might be impossible to do in some cases".
But when eight people were mowed down in a terrorist attack by a man shouting "Allahu akbar," President Donald Trump pounced nearly immediately, seizing on the tragedy to push his proposals for tightening immigration controls. "If we can't verify, I don't think we should let them into the country".
Also, "he didn't answer when reporters pressed him about whether the shooting was an act of 'domestic terrorism.' Trump previously addressed the nation in a somber speech on Monday morning, labeling the shooting 'pure evil'". But there is no such thing as a proper "Extreme Vetting Program".
After the ban was challenged in courts, Trump modified the ban to include 11 "high-risk" countries.
The next 24 hours - and the 24 hours after that, etc. - were also not an appropriate time to discuss potential legislation to address the scourge of gun violence, which has claimed more United States lives than terrorism on American soil since 2001.
In the October order, the Secretary of State, Homeland Security chief and Director of National Intelligence advised the "improvements to the USRAP vetting process are generally adequate to ensure the security and welfare of the United States" and that the program may resume.
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