Royal Jordanian Airlines recently encouraged Muslims to travel to the U.S. while they still can, in case Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wins the election.
The airline wrote on its Facebook page Nov. 7: "Just in case he wins... Travel to the US while you're still allowed to!"
Trump called for an outright ban on Muslims coming to the U.S. in December 2015, but has since changed his policy to "extreme vetting."
Trump reiterated his position during an interview with Tampa radio station 970 WFLA on Nov. 8, notes Florida Politics.
Trump was asked what his first actions would be if he became president. He mentioned "extreme vetting" for Syrian refugees, and recounted terrorist attacks in the U.S that did not involve Syrian refugees.
"You look at Orlando, you look at San Bernardino, you look at the World Trade Center," Trump stated. "We can’t look at what’s happened in Paris. We just can’t allow this. We have too many problems. We have to protect our people."
Trump also expressed surprise that his prior suggested ban against people who practice the Muslim faith was so controversial: "Maybe that’s why I’m talking to you guys now. Maybe that’s what got me here to a certain extent."
Time Magazine reported a year ago on how the Syrian refugee vetting process works:
Our government performs its own intensive screening, a process that includes consultation from nine different government agencies. They meet weekly to review a refugee’s case file and, if appropriate, determine where in the U.S. the individual should be placed. When choosing where to place a refugee, officials consider factors such as existing family in the U.S., employment possibilities and special factors like access to needed medical treatment.
Every refugee goes through an intensive vetting process, but the precautions are increased for Syrians ... Among the agencies involved are the State Department, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. A DHS officer conducts in-person interviews with every applicant. Biometric information such as fingerprints are collected and matched against criminal databases. Biographical information such as past visa applications are scrutinized to ensure the applicant’s story coheres.