Stopping Terrorists Immigrating as Refugees

President Trump has tried to stop certain countries that harbor terrorists from allowing people to immigrate as refugees into the United States on a couple of occasions through Executive Order. He had instituted those travel restrictions to the United States until such time as the refugees could be properly vetted. Several court cases have over turned each Executive order, indicating it was not proper for him to write such an order.

President Trump could write something on the order of another Executive Order to the State Department and other departments involved in the issuing of Visas, to temporarily halt the Visa program until such time foreign travelers can be properly vetted. This would not apply to those countries that are presently on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) list.

  • 41.122 Revocation of visas.

(a)Grounds for revocation by consular officers. A consular officer, the Secretary, or a Department official to whom the Secretary has delegated this authority is authorized to revoke a nonimmigrant visa at any time, in his or her discretion.

Currently these are the only countries allowed to travel to the United States without a Visa:

Andorra Hungary Norway
Australia Iceland Portugal
Austria Ireland San Marino
Belgium Italy Singapore
Brunei Japan Slovakia
Chile Latvia Slovenia
Czech Republic Liechtenstein South Korea
Denmark Lithuania Spain
Estonia Luxembourg Sweden
Finland Malta Switzerland
France Monaco Taiwan*
Germany Netherlands United Kingdom**
Greece New Zealand

These countries are not allowed to travel under a Visa Waiver: ·  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).

  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

Failing a temporary Visa restriction being overturned in court, it may well be in the national security interest of the United States to cancel the Visa Waiver Program and all Visas until such time proper vetting can be instituted. The fact the courts alone ruled against President Trump’s Executive Order is not only ridiculous but well outside the bounds of the courts authority to legislate from the bench.