(Disclaimer: I denounce a pure immigration ban. Trump’s executive order is flawed, and it is rightfully being criticized. This post is for informational purposes only.)
Some people have been asking why Trump’s recent “Muslim ban” only includes certain countries. A fair question. Other people, like David Frum at The Atlantic, pointed how if this is meant to deter radial Islamic terrorism, then it’s a highly ineffective ban. Why did the Trump administration choose these 7 countries?
The countries in question, for reference: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
If you’ve paid really close attention to the news over the past couple of years, and have a good memory, you’ll recognize that those countries have been grouped together before. The Obama administration singled them out for travel restrictions.
So if you’re asking why Trump picked those 7 countries for his ban: Trump didn’t pick them. A Democrat-led government did. All Trump did was take an already-existing list and expand on the restrictions. If the recent immigration ban ends up as a court case, you can bet that the Trump administration will try to cite Obama’s actions as precedent.