Meantime, my daughter Emily in a public posting on facebook applies some of the analytical thinking she sharpened during her studies at UC Berkeley along with several years as an exec in a rapidly growing hi-tech company based in San Francisco. Says Emily: "I want to go on the record as stating, DT's xenophobic policies will do nothing but make terrorism *worse.* Why? Imagine the young, uneducated folks struggling under oppressive governments being courted by extreme Islamic ideology and without access to the media. This news will quickly make it's way to IS anti-US propaganda and will enflame the passions of those considering a path to extremism. To fight terrorism, the West should embrace and ally with the moderate Muslim majority around the world; remember that the most gruesome and frequent terrorism incidents happen in Muslim countries (though these rarely make the news with the same gusto as attacks in the West) and moderate Islam is equally if not more motivated and incented to put an end to this viciousness. By preventing the free flow of people (and thus thought) from repressive regimes into the relatively stable West, we alienate the Muslim majority allies that we need critically to end terrorism.
And finally, if we can accept that a human life is a life is a life, and the death of a Syrian is equally tragic to the death of an America, this policy will kill far more people than the infinitesimally small risk of letting in a terrorist posing as a refugee. I get it - terrorism is, well, terrible but it's still a statistically nonexistent as a risk to any one person. The immediate loss of life and increased suffering this new policy far overshadows in net human cost."
I strongly oppose Trump's ban, myself, but I have to say that when the Koch Brothers and my daughter Emily are on the same side of an issue, something tectonic is going on. Joining Emily and the Koch Brothers are the conservative thinkers at the CATO institute, who, besides condemning the ban itself, question the choice of countries selected by Trump, noting that "the countries that Trump chose to temporarily ban are not serious terrorism risks." CATO says that between 1975 and 2015, no Americans were killed here by people from those countries, which produced a total of 17 individuals who were arrested and convicted of carrying out or attempting to carry out a terrorist attack here. During that period more than 3,000 Americans were killed here by terrorists coming from countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt and a handful of others, mainly Muslim by population) that are not on Trump's exclusion list. Concludes CATO: "These policies will not improve national security and will undermine America’s efforts to combat Islamic extremism and terrorism around the world." Trump's hasty and poorly thought out immigration plan has been mercifully put on hold by a federal judge, but the methodology reeks of incompetence just the same.