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Travel Ban Reactions Show Lack of Understanding by Both Sides

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National discussions on immigration, national security demonstrate ignorance by most…

As the White House’s self described ban on refugees coming to the US from six countries was given new legs this week by the Supreme Court, the debate of its merits and intention rages on.

But regardless of one’s reaction, many on both sides of the political aisle have shown their arguments are based more so on emotions and the need for political victory then an appreciation and awareness of the realities on the ground in Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Realities that include woefully inadequate intelligence agencies, and thus the inability to properly vet those seeking refuge, and catalysts for terrorists who wish us harm.

While America has always been the doer of good and protector of those in need in this world, it cannot come at the expense of our own people.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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