The White House has so far refused to disclose those names, and how many countries might be on the list in general. But, they have outlined their basic considerations. A report from the Wall Street Journal , citing unnamed sources, indicates that the Department of Homeland Security has identified 17 countries that were not meeting vetting standards. Again, exacting details are hazy at this point.
But, the administration appears poised to impose a variety of stricter procedures for individuals travelling from certain countries. That could include enhanced vetting procedures, or harsher restrictions on travel. The order suspended the US refugee program for days and limited travel from six predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. In addition to that, opponents pointed out that the US has fairly strict vetting programmes for refugees at the moment. Mr Trump openly campaigned calling for a Muslim ban, meaning that at least a portion of his supporters would not find it problematic that the President chose to target six majority Muslim countries in his ban.
Plus, they argued, national security is tantamount to other concerns, and that the US has no obligation to accept travel from foreign nationals if they might pose a security risk. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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So when they see their priest preaching divisive rhetoric about Islam, they need to stop that. The New America foundation report comes amid a notable rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in US political discourse and within the media. Last month, a report by Muslim Advocates found 80 instances of "clear anti-Muslim rhetoric" by candidates running for political office.
US President Donald Trump also used anti-Islam rhetoric in his election campaign, and has introduced executive orders targeting Muslims, such as his infamous ban on Muslims from several predominantly Muslim countries entering the US. Rising anti-Muslim bigotry also comes amid a rise in hatred targeting other religious and ethnic minorities.
Within the last week, there has been a spate of far-right violence in the US, with a foiled pipe bomb campaign targeting anti-Trump politicians and media outlets, a racially motivated shooting of two African-Americans in Kentucky, and the mass killing of 11 Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.