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President Donald Trump’s travel ban

by Emma Hopson, staff writer

Photo by: Emma Hopson

On Jan. 27, 2017 President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ban all citizens from entering the US from seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days in an attempt to “keep out terrorists.” Syrian refugees were banned indefinitely. Countries subject to the ban were Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
There was a major backlash worldwide, saying that this executive order was racist and discriminatory against Muslims. As the ban began implementation, protests started to erupt all over the world. The backlash was global. People showed up at airports all over the U.S. to protest the ban and foreign leaders slammed the ban as well. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that “it is not a time to build walls between nations”, and Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, didn’t specifically address Trump himself but instead stressed the importance of welcoming refugees by tweeting, ”To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength”.
Hundreds gathered at the San Francisco airport to protest the detainment of people from the Muslim nations listed above. Many people argue that this ban is doing little to stop the flow of terrorists into the US, given that Pakistan,Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia are left off of the list. Others in the opposition accused Trump of only enforcing this ban on countries that he does not have business stakes in.
The ban has been compared to Obama’s order to stop the flow of immigrants from Iraq in 2012, though his ban did not target a certain religion like Trump’s does and only slowed the flow of refugees into the US for six months.
A U.S. district Court Judge Robart’s halted the travel ban nationwide, stating that the ban was doing nothing to keep out terrorists, given that no citizens from those seven nations had been arrested for domestic terrorism since 9/11. Trump replied with a series of tweets expressing his discontent with the ruling and to blame the “so called judge” for future terrorist attacks.This is a perfect example of the checks and balances system that helps keep our democracy running.
The White House released a revised travel ban on Mar. 6 that is set to take effect on Mar. 16. The new executive order removes Iraq from the original list of countries, allows visa holders and US citizens to enter, and will block citizens from the remaining nations from obtaining visas for 90 days. Unlike the first order which permanently banned refugees, the revised version only temporarily suspends them for 120 days.This new order also does not target a specific religion which was arguably the most controversial part of the original order. The state of Hawaii has asked a federal judge to block the new ban that will stop the supplying of visas to citizens from the specified Muslim-majority countries. It will be the first formal challenge to Trumps new order.