(CNSNews.com) - White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said today that some people are misinterpreting President Donald Trump’s executive order on protecting the United States from foreign terrorists seeking to travel here because they have not read the order themselves and are instead basing their understanding of it on “misguided media reports.”
“I think in a lot of cases, and I say this respectfully,” said Spicer, “that I think some people have not read what exactly the order says and are reading it through misguided media reports.”
The order, which can be read on the White House website, cites no specific religious sect and actually calls on the Secretary of State to prioritize persecuted religious minorities for admission as refugees to the United States.
The order temporarily suspends entry into the United States by most visitors from countries designated by the Obama administration--under an amendment to the Immigration and Naturality Act (INA) that Obama signed into law in 2015—as being a source for potential terrorists coming into the United States.
It also calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security, working with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to “immediately conduct a review to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security threat.”
It further charges the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide the president with “a list of countries that do not provide adequate information.”
The Secretary of State would then be responsible for requesting that “all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.”
After that, the Secretary of Homeland Security will provide the president with “a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested.”
Citizens of countries that provide the information to the U.S. government that the U.S. government determines it needs to be able to determine if the person is a threat to the United States will be able to get visas to come to the United States.
Citizens of countries that do not provide the information will still be able to come in under some circumstances.
“Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked,” says President Trumps order.
In no place does Trump’s order say that someone will be denied a visa to enter the United States because of their religion.
No religious sect or denomination is cited anywhere in the order.