The Immigration ban and its effect on society
BY Rohit pollock, '17
In December 2015, President Obama signed a law in which placed some restrictions on people who had traveled to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, or Syria after March 2011. A few months later, the Obama administration's added Libya, Somalia, and Iran to the list and the reason being “the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters." Under the law, dual citizens of visa waiver nations and Iraq, Iran, Sudan, or Syria could no longer go back to U.S without a visa.
President Trump’s order was way more extensive than our former president’s. In January 2017, a wide number of individuals were disturbed by President Trump's order, which bars people from seven Muslim nations from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Additionally, it suspended refugees from coming to the United States for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely. It likewise banned green card holders from those nations from re-entering the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security. It is but another effect to the attack of September 11, 2001. Of the 19 terrorists on the planes that collided with the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the majority were from Saudi Arabia. The rest were from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon. However, The United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon were not on president’s visa ban list.
President Trump believes that this ban would prevent harmful terrorists from terrorizing the country, as well as harmful situations to occur. He firstly, was considering a “Muslim Ban”, which bans all Muslim minorities from entering the country. This ban, in his eyes, only prohibits terrorists from the country. He specifically priorities this ban on not targeting Muslims as a whole, rather the people who are trying to hurt the country. An official stated, “the order is not any way targeted as a Muslim ban ... we want to make sure everyone understands that,". This statement and the ban, are still considered to be unjust to many American Muslims.
Many Muslim immigrants and American Muslims feel targeted and threatened by President Trump’s decision. To some it is considered inhuman and even unconstitutional. Many even suggest that there was little consultation with the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department about this order, and did not consider the chaos that would occur. Rallies, protests, and hate crimes have increased tremendously due to all of this, and the White House even released a full statement regarding the downfall. In the statement, it states, “America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.” Many would consider this an understatement, because of the fact that they said they, “Will keep it free and safe”, yet is showing inequality amongst the U.S by dividing them.
The media plays a big role in this chaos. The news, newspapers, magazines, even podcasts are outraged from President Trump’s order, and have reported the situations happening, even their own opinions. President Trump as well as his cabinet, has blamed the media for the protests and rallies being caused. The White House shames the media for their “false information”, and encourages the people to not believe what the media reports. Appearing on Squawk Box, Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway says, "This total misinformation and what I would say information 'underload' about the facts and figures ... are astonishing." She, as well as President Trump, believes that the media is tongue tying the President’s words, and reporting false news.