Kellyanne Conway, Chris Matthews

Obama Did Not Ban Iraqi Refugees for Six Months

The first lie that Kellyanne Conway told in her interview with Chris Matthews has been drowned out by her ridiculous Bowling Green massacre claim, and subsequent lie about her lie. As we know, Conway did not just say “massacre” instead of “terrorist” as she claimed. We have since discovered that she had previously told the same Bowling Green massacre story to both TMZ and Cosmopolitan magazine. But the lie she told immediately before her massacre claim has received much less attention. Obama did not ban Iraqi refugees for six months.

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. It didn’t get covered.”

There is a reason that “it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program.” First, it is not brand new information, as it is a repeat of a lie told by Trump himself, to justify his Muslim ban executive order. Trump said “My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”

Neither of these statements are true. Like the Bowling Green massacre, the Obama ban on Iraqi refugees never happened either. In response to the specific threat information obtained from the Bowling Green plotters, the Obama administration ordered a six-month review of the Iraq refugee process. No outright ban was instituted or announced, even though few visas were issued during the review. More importantly, the actions taken by the Obama administration were a reaction to a specific threat.

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  • ian m
    12 February 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Feel free to parse the following words, but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…..

    As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.

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