Anti-Trump protests continue this week and through Super Bowl weekend concerning immigration and other anti-Trump issues and while they continue to protest, one prominent and well-known Muslim nation security chief supports President Trump’s immigration ban.
The Dubai Security Chief of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) security apparatus, Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim tweeted that his support.
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His country is not among the seven – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – covered by the executive order.
“Previous US administrations have embraced all the wanted men of the Arab world and those classified as terrorists. Trump, what you’re doing is right,” Khalfan wrote.
The UAE has cited security concerns for its own reluctance to admit Syrian refugees since the start of the civil war in 2011. After drawing criticism from human rights groups, UAE officials agreed in September to accept 15,000 Syrian refugees over a five-year period.
His support for Trump’s temporary ban generated criticism from Arab journalists such as Iraqi-American Steven Nabil.
“Marwan al-Shehhi and Fayez Banihammad were among the 19 terrorists of al-Qaeda who attacked the World Trade Center and other targets on 9-11, which led to the deaths of thousands of American civilians. They both had Emirati citizenship like Dhahi Khalfan,” Nabil wrote.
Khalfan is known for making irreverent comments.
He bucked the regional consensus last March when he expressed opposition to a Palestinian state, warning it would become another failed state. He also urged his Twitter followers not to treat Jews as their enemies.
Within 8 U.S. Code § 1182, under (f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President: Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.
Only seven nations out of 52 majority Muslim nations are under the immigration ban and those nations fall under 8 U.S. Code § 1182 (3) Security and related grounds; under Sub-Sections (B) Terrorist activities, (C) Foreign policy, and (F) Association with terrorist organizations.
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