Passport-gate Response to Trump Travel Ban

President Donald Trump has made it an issue and policy to restrict travel from a number of countries known to produce terrorists. Many claim it is an unconstitutional and discriminatory action on the part of Trump, but the evidence against that claim is the fact that in Trump’s latest travel ban, he included two non-Muslim nations.

One of the main reasons for Trump’s travel ban is that terrorists have been known to disguise themselves as refugees or immigrants in order to enter other countries. The vetting system in place under Barack Obama was weak at best.

Within minutes of the nation hearing about another mass shooting in San Bernardino, back in December 2015, Barack Obama began his anti-Second Amendment rhetoric, blaming guns, not the people. It didn’t take long for investigators to learn that the shootings weren’t just a work place random shooting, but it was an act of terrorism and the AK-47 used in the attack was purchased by a neighbor, who is being charged for providing the weapons used.

Investigators said they were surprised to learn that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik are not just Islamic extremists, but they have been so for a number of years. In fact, Malik was an active member of a Pakistani terrorist group long before she was vetted by US officials and allowed into the US.

Philip Haney, known as a DHS whistleblower, blames the Obama administration for deliberately restricting the vetting of Islamists like Malik. In a special report published by The Hill, Haney wrote:

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“There are terrorists in our midst and they arrived here using legal means right under the noses of the federal law enforcement agencies whose mission is to stop them. That is not due to malfeasance or lack of effort on the part of these officers; it is due to the restrictions placed on them by the Obama administration.”

If terrorists and non-terrorists still want to come to the US from any of the travel banned nations, how do they do it?

Simple, the same way minors were able to go to bars and nightclubs and drink alcohol.

In the case of minors, they often purchase fake driver’s licenses or other forms of identification that says they are older than are. Some of the fake IDs are easy to spot and others are very difficult to spot. The more money spent, the better the ID appears.

In the case of people, including terrorists, that live in countries that are one Trump’s banned travel list, they have found a similar way as reported:

“More Iranians are paying big money to buy passports in neighboring countries through bribery or fraudulent information, in a bid to evade U.S. sanctions and the Trump administration’s travel ban on Iran and six other nations, multiple sources have told Fox News.”

“The Iranians are getting passports from a number of nations, sources said. But Iran’s influence with some elements of the Iraqi government is now so prominent the issuing of passports through payoffs and corruption there has become a growing concern, Iraqi and other sources told Fox News.”

One Iraqi insider told Fox News:

“It means that Iranians aren’t then flagged as being from a country barred by the United States. Mostly, it has been used by business people and merchants wanting to get around the economic sanctions and continue doing business with the West.”

This is why President Trump and his intelligence people have been trying to overhaul and tighten the vetting process of everyone coming to the United States, even those who come through legal means. Passports should not be taken at face value and if necessary, EVERYONE coming from the countries around Iran, especially Iraq, should not be allowed to enter the US until they have been thoroughly investigated, and as we, that takes time.

Times are changing. Technology is changing and our system of vetting every refugee and immigrant needs to change as well, if only Democrats would allow it.


Dave Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
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