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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective

All throughout his campaign trail, our president, Donald Trump has reminded us that our country needs to put forward some laws that will prevent the immigration of those who may have terrorist connections. Now, he has finally put some of his words to action.

trump travel ban 2According to Trump’s original executive order, which was signed in January, citizens from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Sudan were banned entry to the United States for 90 days. The order also suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days and indefinitely banned refugees from Syria. While Executive Order 13769 was effective from Jan. 27 to March 16, 700 travellers were detained and about 600,000 visas were revoked.

When Trump signed the order, the travellers were still in the air, and they weren’t allowed to enter the country when they landed. Some were detained, and others were immediately sent back to the countries that they had flew in from.

Massive protests began to erupt all over the nation, calling the executive order purely a “Muslim ban.” Not only were protests held at airports, but people also marched in front of the White House and the Trump Building in Washington, D.C. Protesters carried a variety of signs expressing their opposition of the ban, such as “Instead of being afraid of brown people, we should be more concerned over orange monster” or “Fear is not an American value, compassion is.” Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham both agreed that the ban would only enrage immigrants more as well as help ISIS and other extremist groups recruit more terrorists.

The ban also had some effects on education. Many foreign college and university students began to panick, and had fears about leaving the U.S.and visiting their families back in their home countries. Students rushed back to the U.S. before the order was put into motion so they could finish a degree. Since they have left their families, they’re wondering when they will be able to see them again, because if they visit their home country, they may never be able to return to the U.S.

On March 6, President Trump released an updated version of his original executive order, which he himself called a “watered-down version.” His new order additionally prevents visas from being issued to travellers from six of the countries for the same 90 days and eliminates Iraq from the list of countries. The reason why Iraq was taken off the list wasn’t because our government decided that they weren’t that big a threat, but because the U.S. forces are fighting with the Iraqi military against the Islamic State, and the U.S. didn’t want to lose a political ally. The updated executive order also removes the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and no longer requires any refugee to complete a religion test before entering the country. The total number of refugees this year would go down to 50,000 instead of staying at 110,000.

A lawyer and professor at George Washington University named John Banzhaf supports Trump’s ideas and the travel ban, claiming that the ban is constitutional since it is based on the law in which a president has the authority to “impose on entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem appropriate.” He also suggests a third option to the immigrant situation: he believes that any person entering the U.S. with a suspicious background from the Muslim-majority countries should wear a tracking monitor. Another point that Banzhaf makes is that during the ebola crisis, the U.S. restricted people travelling from African countries and boosted security, so the travel ban is no different.

Others argue that the original and modified versions of the travel ban barely have any difference. There are claims that the new version tweaked some small details, so the order would just seem more constitutional.

However, a few hours before the order would have been in effect, a federal judge from Hawaii blocked the ban nationwide and filed a lawsuit against Trump’s order.  The judge specifically stated that Trump treated Muslims as “second-class” citizens and the ban was in violation of the Constitution, as well as the Immigration Nationality Act.

Trump then released another statement where he tried assuring citizens that the executive order “is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”

However, many of these statements are clearly false. The executive order is quite literally a Muslim ban. According to an interview with Rudy Giuliani, a close advisor of Trump, on Fox News he explicitly told reporters that “when Trump announced it he said ‘Muslim ban’.”  In an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, Trump himself admitted that he would allow Christians to enter from the banned countries but not Muslims.

Although Trump’s intentions are to protect our country, his new order really won’t impact the immigration situation as much as he says. Only 37 percent of those committing terroristic acts who weren’t born in the United States were from the seven countries that Trump called out. The other 63 percent is from other countries in Africa, South and Central Asia and Europe. So if the ban is really necessary, according to our president, it would only be covering about a third of the problem. According to research conducted by CNN, exactly zero Americans were killed on U.S. soil by foreign people from those banned countries.

I applaud you, Donald Trump, for trying to keep our country safe, but this policy really isn’t going to have an effect on the terrorist situation. Please do us all a favor and stop fighting against the ideals that America was built on.

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  • Joseph Stalin

    It isn’t a Muslim ban it’s a travel ban and most of them aren’t even permanent. Most of the bans last for about 90 days with the only permanent ban being on Syria, which is engaged in an active civil war. The ban allowed Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians to enter the United States. Are you joking ONLY 37%? That is more than 1/4 terrorists that we would be getting rid of. If I gave you a bowl of skittles and said “don’t worry, only 37% of them are poison.” Would you still eat them?