Trump condemns Kansas shooting; lifts Iraq from travel ban

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Donald_Trump_official_portraitUS President Donald Trump on March 1 broke his silence on the Kansas shooting of an Indian techie and roundly condemned it while addressing a joint session of the Congress.

Trump said, “Incidents such as threats on Jewish Community Centers, vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and shooting of an Indian techie in Kansas show that we are a nation divided on policies. It’s time what we stand united and condemn hate.”

The Kansas shooting is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a possible hate crime.

Two Indians were shot at by US navy veteran Adam Purinton. Yelling “terrorist” and “get out of my country”, he opened fire on them. A 24-year-old American named Ian Grillot who tried to defend the Indians also received injuries in the firing.

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) urged the US President to speak on the issue. “It is our hope that the President uses the opportunity (addressing the joint session of the Congress) to address the rising levels of hate violence in our nation,” said Jay Kansara of HAF.

Meanwhile, Trump’s new immigration order has removed Iraq from the list of countries, which faces a temporary US travel ban.

Officials said the decision follows pressure from the Pentagon and the state department. They appealed to trump to reconsider Iraq’s inclusion following its role in fighting the ISIS.

The new immigration order will replace an earlier order blocked by federal courts. At present, six countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, will continue to remain on the travel ban list.

Trump told the Congress he was open to immigration reforms, shifting from his harsh immigration order to a more restrained one.