This Old Trump Tweet About The Travel Ban Perfectly Contradicts Himself
On Monday, Donald Trump signed a new set of restrictions on immigration and travel after his initial executive order was halted. While Trump's newly revised executive order has many similarities with the first one, which was issued in January, there are some notable differences regarding who will be subjected to the restrictions, as well as which countries will be. The 10-day waiting period before the new guidelines are implemented is also a marked departure from the initial version — especially since Trump had claimed immediate implementation was needed for the sake of the United States' safety. Of course, the world of Twitter is not letting Trump forget what he once said.
The new federal guidelines set forth in this version will not be implemented until March 16, which means federal agencies and airports have ten days to prepare. When Trump signed his initial executive order on travel and immigration, it went into effect immediately, resulting in chaos and confusion at airports across the world.
However, at the time, Trump justified the immediate implementation, tweeting "If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the 'bad' would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!"
That remark was mocked by many of the initial executive order's critics at the time, in no small part because the "bad dudes" comment was a bizarre echo of his "bad hombres" comment during the third presidential debate ( which was also made about immigration policies).
ThinkProgress' Adrienne Mahsa retweeted Trump's tweet with her own commentary "Why is there a 10-day delay on the
#MuslimBan2? Curious for national security, no?"
According to a report in TIME, "a senior Department of Homeland Security official said the delay was put in place to make sure all of the legal kinks could be worked out before the order goes into effect."
The 10-day window between the issuing and the implementation is not the only change in the executive order. The revised on clarifies that green card holders, who are legal permanent residents, will not be affected by the guidelines. Their status under the original one was a major source of controversy and confusion. Also, Iraq is no longer one of the countries subjected to the restrictions. Refugees from Syria are also not singled out in the new executive order, but will face the same 120-day suspension that refugees from all countries will face.
However, many critics of the new executive order were quick to argue that the spirit of the restrictions were still the same as the original one. Sen. Bernie Sanders released a statement on the new order:
Let’s call it what it is. This ban is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up. A president who respected our traditions of religious freedom would not have resorted to hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify a ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries. Even the Department of Homeland Security has said that citizenship is not a factor in terrorist threats. This isn’t about keeping America safe.
The American Civil Liberties Union has also stated, "We will confront this revised order in our ongoing litigation against the ban."