Trump Bans North Korean Refugees

One would think that encouraging defection and debriefing refugees for insights into an adversary would be a no brainer.
January 30, 2017 7:00 AM

Yonhap is reporting that President Donald Trump's executive order barring refugees from entering the country extends to North Koreans fleeing from a regime recently ranked as the most repressive in the world, one that poses a first-order security threat to the United States

One would think that encouraging defection and debriefing refugees for insights into an adversary would be a no brainer. 

Although aimed at Muslims and Middle Easterners, the executive order on immigrants and refugees suspends the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days—ensnaring the North Koreans. The ban has been instituted despite the fact that it typically requires a grueling 18- to 24- month process including interviews and background checks through multiple federal agencies to be vetted.

The refugee ban, coupled with Trump’s repeated casual advocacy of torture, something for which the US government regularly and rightly excoriates the North Korean government, significantly erodes the moral standing of the United States.

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