Not sure how Trump's order would help America: Defence Expert

| Updated: Feb 12, 2017 14:30 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 12 (ANI): In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump signing an executive order that effectively suspends immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, the U.S. refugee programme for 120 days and Syrian refugees from entering the country, America has been garnering eyeballs of defence experts across the world to discuss the viability of the move. Defence Expert Qamar Agha on Sunday said he is not sure how this 'vetting' would help America to contain militancy. "What Trump is talking about in the name of security requires a strong vetting and people will have to prove that they have no past records, no connections with militant organisations or never have been involved in any anti-American activities in their respective countries. This will be very difficult for a person to prove. It amounts to saying that he won't allow people from these countries to come to U.S.A. Now, since this order was prevented by the San Francisco court, he is trying to bring a modified order," he told ANI. Furthermore, Agha revealed that barring people to enter America from the aforementioned Muslim-majority countries is bound to increase chances of attacks on America, thereby diluting foreign collateral ties of America with these countries. "In the past too, vetting was a criteria to distribute Visas for entering America. This is not going to particularly help him in containing militancy as militants also infiltrate from countries like Afghanistan, or Nigeria, countries with strong presence of the Boko Haramis. This can only create more enmity with these people. These people may not try to come to America but can try to hit American interests and American alliance in the region," added Agha. Post the suggested 'Muslim-ban', Trump has been in the midst of negativity from across the world. Early in February, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had suspended all actions to implement Trump's immigration order after a federal judge in Seattle issued a ruling to temporarily block the executive order on immigration and refugees. "In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled 'Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States'. This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travellers for operational action subject to the Executive Order," DHS acting press secretary Gillian Christensen said in a statement. President Trump blasted the ruling in a series of tweets saying, "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" "When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security - big trouble!" he added. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also alerted airlines that the U.S. Government would quickly begin reinstating visas that were previously cancelled and it advised airlines that refugees in possession of U.S. visas will be admitted as well. (ANI)
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