In a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump administration chief of staff Reince Priebus indicated that Pakistan might be the next nation on the temporary freeze list.
The announcement came when host John Dickerson asked if Trump’s plan was a “Muslim ban” – a tern often used to describe the temporary freeze on immigration.
“It doesn’t just say Christians. It also says persecuted Muslims get priority as well. So, this is not a Muslim ban, John. This is — all this is, is identifying the seven countries,” Priebus said, “And the reason we chose those seven countries was, those were the seven countries that both the Congress and the Obama administration identified as being the seven countries that were most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country.
“Now, you can point to other countries that have similar problems, like Pakistan and others. Perhaps we need to take it further. But for now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries. This is an 80 percent issue, John.”
According to The Washington Times, Priebus echoed similar sentiments on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“Perhaps other countries needed to be added to an executive order going forward,” Priebus said.
“This is all done for the protection of Americans,” he continued. “President Trump is not willing to get this wrong.”
So, despite all of the crying out, the temporary immigration freeze is not going to go away. In fact, it may grow even bigger.