Unlawful. Unconstitutional. Inhumane. Where do I even start with President Trump’s executive action, which bans immigration from 7 Muslim majority countries? This order is yet another example of the hate-filled islamophobia that poisons Mr. Trump’s ability to make sound foreign policy decisions. His actions will only further divide us, and contribute discouraging the vast diversity that already makes America incredibly great. Below, I have listed a few of the most serious issues with this executive action.
- Refugees from these countries are fleeing for a reason. They are leaving to escape religious persecution, and the unstable nature of their homes. These families seek safety. We cannot not deny them that pursuit.
- People hold visas for very specific reasons, whether it’s for a specific job, family, or for school. Denying them access into the country will essentially put their lives on hold, and deny them of their legal right to be in America.
- Since 1975, terrorists from any of these 7 countries are responsible for a grand total of zero deaths on American soil. Zero. It would seem as if “radical Islamic terrorism” here in America is not as copious, or as potent as we might have thought.
- The language of this law is ambiguous, and self-contradictory at times. Many law experts have already come out to say that some of the specifics, and important distinctions, are difficult to discern within the law. Examples of this include whether or not green card holders and dual-citizens are to be granted admission to the country.
- The order poorly targets terrorism. Had the law been in place for the last half century, the ban on immigration from these 7 countries would have prevented zero terrorism-related deaths. The law was created to prevent terrorism, but according to statistics like the one above, it won’t do that job at all.
This only scratches the surface of the numerous problems with President Trump’s halt on immigration. As we have seen, families have already been torn apart, dreams stifled, and pain inflicted. For the people in Muslim majority countries who are in fear for their lives, and who search refuge from the horrors of war and persecution, this order has stomped out the only spark of hope they had left. All of those men, women and children are human, no different than us. And we all have a right to the basic freedoms of life that America guarantees. Our borders should absolutely be secure, and national security always comes first. But this does not mean turning children away, and sending them back home to the death and destruction they ran from. It doesn’t mean denying a mother her right to see her children, or not giving someone the access to the healthcare they need because they weren’t born within our borders. America is the beacon and utopia they flee to, and President Trump does not have the authority to deny them their right to freedom, safety, and prosperity, simply because of their birthplace.