America bands together against Trump’s ban

America bands together against Trumps ban

Rebecca Allen and Sam Schnieder

Alyssa Slattery, news editor

History has repeated itself again. The president’s power to control immigration has led to a pattern of discriminating against specific cultures due to their possible threat to national security–this time it is Muslims.

President Donald Trump made campaign promises to ban Muslims months ago, and recently he has put them into action. Using an executive order, Trump hopes to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country through halting all travel and immigration from seven Muslim majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

“The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror,” Trump said in a statement released on Jan. 29. “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban…”

Along with the 90 day barring of entrance, the refugee system will be suspended for 120 days. Middle Eastern Christian refugees are receiving preferred acceptance over Muslim refugees. There is much controversy over the fact that Saudi Arabia, where Trump’s Organization has done business, is unaffected regardless of their contribution to the 9/11 attacks.

Protests in airports erupted around the country due to refugees being detained after Trump’s executive order. Thousands of people protested this order according to America’s ideals of freedom of religion and acceptance. Starting on Jan. 29, the large protests caused chaos in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, New York and more.

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border,” Trump said. “America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. This is not about religion–this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”