Various blogs are commenting on Linden Lab’s® response to Pres. Trumps Executive Order requiring additional vetting of all people coming from 7 countries identified be Pres. Obama as not having governments capable of providing background checks of their citizens.
Most are supporting the Lab’s statement;
- Linden Lab Officially Condemns Trump’s Anti-Muslim Refugee Policy
- Lab speaks out on US Administration’s Immigration Policy
- Linden Lab versus Trump
I am not seeing any thought or facts presented, just emotional ‘oh yeah, this is good.’ So, here are some facts and questions.
First, if you haven’t heard, Linden Lab issued a statement on a controversial subject in the USA and world. The title points to which one of the many.
The the Lab’s statement reads:
We at Linden Lab are extremely disappointed in and adamantly opposed to Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. We reject racism, intolerance, and xenophobia.
We are proud to include immigrants among our leadership, colleagues, and customers, as well as our families, friends, and communities. We value diversity, compassion, and understanding, and we are proud that our products enable people to come together and form meaningful connections regardless of differences in their offline lives.
Trump’s order is counter to what we value and antithetical to American ideals. We join the many voices calling on the US government to remove this restriction as quickly as possible and to refrain from imposing additional barriers that threaten opportunities for immigrants, under-represented minorities, and women.
The Lab is disappointed by the Executive Order: EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES.
Reading the titles, I would think one would be asking what is there in protecting US citizens that the Lab could object to? Well, time to read the Executive Order. (link above)
The first line of the order says, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” How does one object to that? They don’t. It has to be something else. For the Lab it is, “racism, intolerance, and xenophobia.” So, where is that in the order or its implementation?
The next paragraph provides the basis for the authority to issue the order on immigration which is: Immigration and Nationality Act (INA – 1965), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code. So, the law is old enough to have been challenged and determined Constitutional or not. As it is on the books today, it is Constitutionally correct. So, Trump has the authority, but there are pending law suits. The legally knowledgeable expect all to fail.
As we go into the next paragraph it is labeled Section 1 – Purpose. It points to policy failing to stop 9-11 and the subsequent revisions failing to stop further radicals from making it into the States and attacking Americans. Well, that is a historical set of facts. Quoting:
Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.
The next paragraph in Section 1 points to some of the failures of our visa policies post-9-11.
Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.
For years we have known we have a problem, see: ‘Thousands’ of ISIS fighters now inside U.S. cities.
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