Trump supporters to ‘hypocritical’ critics: Obama banned Iraqi refugees in 2011 too

  • U.S. president’s supporters slammed “hypocrisy” of immigration advocates
  • They said Obama also issued ban on Iraqi refugees after 2 terrorists managed to enter the U.S.
  • They noted that there were no vocal objections then to the immigration restriction

UNITED STATES – Even Barack Obama did it.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump had this to say over the former’s immigration order even as they accused critics of being hypocritical.

According to them, there was barely a howl of protest after the former U.S. president banned Iraqi refugees for six months in 2011 after a slip-up in the refugee processing system allowed two Iraqi insurgents and bomb-makers to settle in Kentucky.

The men, Waad Ramadan Alwan nor Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, were resettled in 2009 in the college town of Bowling Green. Two years later, they were arrested in an FBI sting operation involving the transfer of money and arms to their fellow insurgents in Iraq and have since been languishing in jail.

“From a Kentucky college town, two Iraqi refugees plotted to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al-Qaida operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops”, the Associated Press noted in 2011.

Alwan’s identity as a terrorist bombmaker was discovered after his fingerprints were found on an improvised explosive device (IED). Both he and Hammadi also were recorded on surveillance footage plotting to assassinate targets in the U.S.

The discovery of two terrorists slipping through prompted Obama to order the U.S. State Department to suspend Iraqi visa applications for six months in 2011 as authorities worked round-the-clock to uncover similar cases.

Trump’s executive order prevents the entry of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and all refugees for 120 days.

A federal judge has since issued a restraining order enjoining authorities from deporting refugees and immigrants with valid visas and who are already in the U.S.