February 10, 2017

AGSIW on U.S. immigration ban

Speaking with Politifact, AGSIW Board Member Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr. and AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Kristin Smith Diwan commented on the veracity of U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s statement that Kuwait issued a travel ban similar to his January 30 executive order suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Gnehm said, “Historically, Kuwait has issued travel bans on certain nationalities due to specific events.” Further, Diwan noted, “There are lots of Syrians living in Kuwait, and they certainly haven’t been evicted.” She continued, “It also would have been very unpopular with Kuwaitis who had enormous sympathy for Syrians and the uprising, especially in the early part of the war.”