Trump Falsely Compares His Immigration And Travel Ban To 2011 Temporary Visa Ban For Refugees From Iraq
Trump has claimed that the 7 countries on his immigrant and refugee ban are “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months” and also “the seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror“.
The instance in which Obama restricted travel was in 2011 after a failed terrorist plot to attack the United States. The Obama Administration temporarily halted processing of Iraqi refugees for 6 months (those involved in the failed terrorist plot were Iraqi).
Citizens of 38 countries throughout the world are allowed visa waivers to travel to the United States if the visit is for less than 90 days. A 2015 law revoked that waiver for anyone that has “visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, not citizens of those countries, and it did not prohibit them from entering the United States.”
Obama never banned travel of all immigrants and refugees, even temporarily.