Immigration Ban Controversy

by David Escobar

           

Perhaps the most controversial enactment of the new Trump administration was issued on January 27th. It has been labeled the “Muslim Ban”, but the official name of this executive order is the “Protection of The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States.”  This executive order suspends any admission of immigrants and refugees from a list of countries, predominantly Muslim, into the United States for 90 days. The immigration ban is an attempt to curtail travel from “terror-prone” countries, these countries being Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.

This ban has sparked controversy and outrage from many immigrant citizens and supporters of refugees. They argue that this executive order is enacted on a discriminatory basis rather than an attempt to limit terrorist activity. The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the order by calling it, “just a euphemism for discrimination against Muslims.” On a contrary note, House Speaker Paul Ryan calls this just a strengthening of a visa process to ensure safe admittance into a “compassionate” nation. The GOP announced this order as a means to “protect the homeland”, yet many find it difficult to refuse refugees in need of a safe home.

The confusion building around this order has yet to be settled. As of now, the ban is blocked from continuation by a federal court, the vote to deny Trump the ability to continue the ban was a unanimous decision. From the decision text, the court says, “The government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.” Since the decision, President Trump has displayed outrage, tweeting in all caps, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” While no action has occurred, many remain in question as to what this block by the court has to say for the remainder of Trump’s new administration.