Regarding the Feb. 11 op-ed, “Presidential order was right first step to combat terrorism” by Mark K. Metcalf: It is scary to see how nonchalantly supporters of President Donald Trump’s travel ban manipulate facts to serve their own purposes.
Metcalf, a former Justice Department and immigration-court official, talks about the 36 specially designated countries, but Trump targeted only seven of those countries in the travel ban.
Statistics were presented for 2011-2014, but President Barack Obama instituted a new set of travel checks in December, 2015, so earlier statistics don’t apply.
Metcalf then cites al-Qaida incidents from 1997 through 2011. How does this help us?
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What has happened between December 2015 and today?
What are the specific weaknesses in the way we currently review the immigrants/refugees coming from those seven countries that our president seems so concerned about?
Don’t try to distract us with misleading statistics.