Donald Trump administration had initially considered putting Pakistan into the controversial immigration ban list, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has acknowledged.
According to a few reports, it is alleged that he said that the ban which restricts refugees, migrants and green-card holders from seven Muslim-dominated nations, could extend to Pakistan in the near future.
The seven nations currently affected by Donald Trump’s immigration ban are Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. Priebus said, “Those were the seven countries that both, Congress and the Obama administration, identified as being most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country,” in an interview.
Presently, visitors from Afghanistan and Pakistan are subject to extreme vetting in the United States, as per Trump’s executive order. United States is home to thousands of Pakistani-Americans and Pakistani permanent residents.
Priebus has justified the ban and stated that the Trump administration’s priority is to protect Americans. “These are the countries that harbour and train terrorists. These are the countries that we want to know who is coming and going in and out of, to prevent calamities from happening in this country.
“We are not willing to be wrong on this subject. President Trump is not willing to take chances on this subject. He was elected President in many respects because people knew that he was going to be tough on immigration from countries that harbour terrorists,” he added.