On Wednesday, July 22, the House, with a Democratic majority, passed the No Ban Act that seeks to repel all restrictions on entering the United States from countries that represent a high risk to national security, Fox News reported.

The countries currently on the list are Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Somalia, and Nigeria.

Trump signed an executive order to bar entry to the country shortly after he took office as president in January 2017 as part of his promises to address the national security threat these countries pose. 

However, the government allows certain exceptions to be reviewed. According to State Department statistics, 80,000 people have applied to enter the United States since the restrictions went into effect, and of those, about 18,000 received an exemption, Fox News reported

The Democrats, with the help of mainstream media, criticized Trump as xenophobic and called the executive order a “Muslim ban,” although there are many countries with a Muslim majority that are not on the list.

“This has nothing to do with religion. This has to do with securing our country,” said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), “If it really was, as you call it, a Muslim ban, why wouldn’t Indonesia be on this ban? I mean they have a lot of Muslims. This is just inaccurate. You are just spreading this falsity.”

The resolution is expected to be short-lived, as the Senate, with a Republican majority, would vote against it.

From the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in 2001, to the bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013, the United States and the Western world have suffered tremendously at the hands of these terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, ISIS, as well as many radicalized individuals, who come from these countries and even some governments protect them, therefore the measure is well grounded. 

As for Venezuela, the only country in South America with more than a decade of socialism, the illegitimate government of that country has become a drug cartel and civil liberties have completely disappeared. On May 18, Reuters reported that the United States accused the Maduro government of flooding the United States with drugs and has put a $15 million bounty on Nicolás Maduro.