President Trump’s new travel ban cites a failed bomb plot in Oregon in its justification of shutting out certain immigrants — with no mention of how refugees helped prevent it.
The executive order mentions “hundreds of persons born abroad” who have been convicted of terrorism charges since the 9/11 attacks, but only cites two specific examples for its argument.
One of them is a Somali refugee’s botched attempt in 2010 to attack a Christmas event in Portland.
“In October 2014, a native of Somalia who had been brought to the United States as a child refugee and later became a naturalized United States citizen was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction as part of a plot to detonate a bomb at a crowded Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon,” the section reads.
The only other example cited in that passage of Trump's travel plan is two Iraqi nationals who were sentenced in 2013 for terrorism offenses that did not lead to any deaths or injuries. That incident is what White House counselor Kellyanne Conway infamously called the nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre." Ironically, Iraq is the only country from the original travel ban that is left out of the new version.
The revised travel ban halts new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim countries — Somalia, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also puts a 120-day suspension on America’s refugee intake.
Citizens of those six countries have not been connected to any instances of terrorism deaths on American soil. But both of Trump’s travel bans have exempted others countries, including Saudi Arabia, which have in fact produced terrorists who carried out deadly attacks in America, including 9/11.