One of the hardest parts of my job is sifting through the rhetoric surrounding politically heated issues, and trying to figure out the reality of a situation everyone is shouting about. Politics can flare tempers like few other things, particularly when political issues directly affect the safety and wellbeing of real people who need help.

Let there be no mistake: There are refugees fleeing their nations of origin in search of help, or safety, and we cannot approach this issue without first addressing that human factor. These are real men, women, and children who felt they had no alternative but to seek a new life in a new land. Many of them are good people who deserve a chance at a good life just like anyone else.

But, invariably, some among them are bad.

I know passionate lefties will choose to tout statistics showing that no refugees have been arrested in the U.S. for acts of terror in the modern age, while passionate righties will draw attention to attacks carried out by refugees in other Western nations, asking if we need to join that list before taking action. It’s this balancing act, this tightrope walk over the chasm of anarchy and tyranny, that makes democracy so challenging, and freedom so tenuous.

Make no mistakes about freedom, either, ladies and gentlemen. Our grip on liberty is never as tight as complacency would have us assume, and we must remain ever vigilant to ensure the freedoms we inherit as Americans get passed on to the next generation of Americans, regardless of how comfortable we are with their religious, social, or political leanings.

So where does that leave us on President Trump’s recent executive order regarding refugees and immigration? Are we beginning to falter in our democratic balancing act, doomed to fall from the tightrope and into the fires of tyranny? Or is Donald Trump’s controversial order in keeping with U.S. law and international norms? Are the protestors on the left being alarmist, or are those showing their support for this order helping to usher in a new age of systemic prejudices?

Well, through the objective scope of history, this move doesn’t seem all that radical. In 2011, President Barack Obama, who hails from the same party that is now decrying President Trump’s “ban on Muslims,” halted the processing of all refugees from Iraq for six months due to concerns regarding national security. They did so because a number of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists were discovered operating in Bowling Green, Kentucky—some of whom had gone through refugee processing and were permitted entrance into the United States.

Of course, in the time since, the screening process has undergone a revamp, which had to include a thorough analysis of the processes in place. Mr. Trump’s new executive order is calling upon the affected departments to undergo that analysis once again. Although the scope of this order is broader (in the number of nations listed by name), the intent and execution is very similar to that of Mr. Obama’s: It’s a temporary freeze on processing while we assess and address the issues at hand.