So, where does the Lab get the idea this is racist, intolerance, and xenophobia?
I suspect the news they are seeing is highly distorted. They are in San Francisco. I also suspect they haven’t bothered to read the actual wording of the Executive Order (EO). Some facts to think about:
The 7 majority Muslim countries identified by the Obama administration have no effective government or way for us to check one of their citizen’s backgrounds. Those nations are having their citizens being held up for 3 months by Trump’s vetting restrictions, while we build a way to vet these people. Depending on whether that nation will provide or be capable of providing the background information we need will determine how restrictive this law is. People in those countries whether Christians, Muslims, or any other faith are all being held up. There is only one mention of religion in the order and that is about identifying minority religions for refugee status. It is a by country restriction, not a religious restriction.
It seems surprising that people can’t figure out that there is literally no current way to figure out if a person is a radical Jihadist, criminal, law abiding citizen, or a true refugee in a country with a failed government. In the chaos and financial disorder people can buy whatever papers they need or make them. There is no trust worthy way to verify or refute the accuracy of those papers.
Also, while the MSM call it a ban, it isn’t a ban. While the Lab did not use the word ban, a reading of their statement shows they are speaking as if they believe it is. But, people coming from these countries are only being slowed down but, citizens from the 7 countries with green cards and military pass holders are now cleared and coming in without delay. Starting out they screwed that up. But, got it fixed. Others that have to be vetted are being delayed 2 to 3 days (or longer, depending on how hard it is to find out who they are) and then allowed in. Only those that cannot be vetted or have extremist connections are being kept out.
It is true, most of the know terrorists that have committed atrocities did not come from the 7 listed countries. It should be obvious the EO is not targeting Muslims as majority Muslim counties with numerous known terrorists are not on the list. But, those countries; Egypt, Pakistan, India, Saudi, Jordan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia, and others all have working governments that can prove legitimate background checks we can trust. It isn’t about religion or race. It is about the country you are coming from and whether it has a working government. One that will cooperate with our government in providing background checks.
The Lab’s statement show they completely miss the reality of what is happening and being done. It appears to be a reaction to total fake news… propaganda.