It has been said that 80 percent of success is just showing up — and many things fall into place after taking the first step toward a goal.
In the case of President Donald Trump’s well-known “travel ban,” it looks like simply showing up and taking action has led to a dramatic improvement, even while liberal judges continue to fight the president at every turn.
A report from CQ Roll Call has revealed that something incredible happened to immigrants from countries on the “banned” list, despite judges blocking the travel restrictions: Nearly half of them have stopped trying to enter the United States.
“Even though President Donald Trump’s travel ban has run afoul of the courts, the number of visas issued to people from six majority-Muslim countries targeted by the executive order appears to be slowing down dramatically,” stated Roll Call.
In other words, simply announcing the ban that is still being challenged was enough to dramatically cut down the number of visa applications from Islamic counties.
“There’s a significant deterrent effect, whether from the travel ban or the administration’s rhetoric,” Greg Chen, an immigration expert with American Immigration Lawyers Association, told Roll Call.
The so-called “travel ban” focuses on six countries with unstable governments and past links to Islamic terrorism. They are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
In the year before Trump took office, an average of 4,454 visas per month were issued for travelers from those six countries. This past April, however, only 2,013 such visas were issued.
The “Trump Effect” has had an even more dramatic impact on Syrian refugees, specifically.
“Admissions of Syrian refugees, who are considered by the international community to be especially at risk, have particularly dwindled. Of the 6,225 Syrian refugees to arrive in the U.S. since Oct. 1, only 1,341 have come during Trump’s presidency,” reported Roll Call.
It’s possible that by speaking out about mass migration from certain countries, Trump has ensured that the numbers will stay low. That trend could continue, even if courts rule against the president.
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H/T: The Daily Caller