In case you haven’t heard yet, President Trump has made an executive order which bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Here are some questions and answers about it, and following that is my analysis of the situation.
Update (2/3/17): The ban has been temporarily suspended.
Q: Who does the Immigration Ban affect?
A: ALL immigrants and nonimmigrant visas from 7 Muslim majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) as well as all refugees from around the world, and Syria is currently blocked indefinitely.
Q: Is the Immigration Ban permanent?
A: No, but although the ban order is for 90 days only, it has the potential to be extended and maybe expanded to include other countries.
Q: What will happen during these 90 days?
A: During the first 30 days, the Secretary of Homeland Security has to conduct a review of the visa issuance process and submit a report to both the Secretary of State and intelligence agencies. During the last 60 days, the Secretary of State shall contact all foreign governments to comply with the outcome of the report with regards to providing background information on their nationals who are seeking U.S. visas.
Q: What about the green card holders?
A: People holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents (but not citizens), are included in President Trump’s action. Lawyers are advising all Muslim green card holders to stay in the US and postpone any travel plans (for now).
(note that this is an opinion I have gathered from true facts found in reputable resources)
I simply don’t think the Muslim ban is at all a reasonable approach to terrorism. Here is why:
- Studies show that only two Americans a year are killed by Islamic jihadist immigrants, totaling around nine Americans a year killed by Islamic jihadist terrorists. Keep in mind that, since 9/11, more Americans have been killed by white extremists!
- Trump insists the ban is not a “Muslim ban”, but the order (signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day, by the way) specifically targets Muslims by banning seven countries of Muslim majority. This makes me think that this order is aimed at a religion, race, and nationality of people, rather than being aimed at reducing terrorist attacks.
- The idea for the Muslim ban came to Trump after the Orlando nightclub attack that happened almost eight months ago, but what I notice is that the shooter was a U.S. citizen born in New York. Another thing to point out is that the 9/11 terrorists were 15 men from Saudi Arabia, 2 from the United Arab Emirates, 1 from Egypt, and 1 from Lebanon. The countries that these men are from are not countries that have been banned from entering the U.S.. Why is this?
- Lastly, consider how different things would be if someone in your life had been prevented from fleeing their home country. I have immigrants in my family and I’m concerned just thinking about what my life would be like if my grandparents had not been able to defect their home country. I am worried that because of this ban, families will be separated from each other, and that people caught up in dangerous situations in their home countries will not be able to turn to the U.S. for a better future.
Famous refugees: Albert Einstein, Jackie Chan, Madeline Albright, Regina Spektor