Trump’s 1st Controversial Travel Ban

By: Brianna Henry, Staff Reporter

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Not long after entering the White House, President Donald Trump made an executive order, upsetting people all over the world.
Now, for those who don’t know, an executive order is an official statement from the president which tells government agencies how to use their resources, and in Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” the executive order keeps citizens or refugees from some of the Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for a total of ninety days.
We should note, the order does not specifically sanction countries which have been barred from the United States, but it does make reference to a travel ban which applies to Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq.
People are questioning this order, for many reasons, and rightfully so.
US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly stated that people from these seven countries who hold a green card or are United States citizens, lawfully, should not be blocked from returning to the United States. In a brief statement, Kelly says;
“In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest.”
This then places a microscope on numerous accounts where lawful United States citizens from these seven countries have been barred from entering at airports even though they have a right to enter. According to CNN, a Syrian family of six, who had visas through family connections in America, was placed on a return flight to Doha, Qatar. Due to the spontaneity of the order, many members of airport security and other career officials were not certain on how to handle the banned passengers. Some witnesses even claim that
It also raises question because, oddly, the ban does not apply to the nationalities responsible for the 9/11 attacks (i.e. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt).
It seems as though President Trump is placing the ban on only some Muslim-majority countries, ignoring the ones his family business is pursuing potential deals with, or already has. These countries include Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
So, how does this ban affect refugees? It completely suspends the U.S. Syrian refugee program, which accepted over ten thousand Syrians in 2016.
People have also questioned whether or not the new order is even legal.
According to the New York Times, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 banned all discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin.
It would seem logical to most to see Trump’s order as a violation of the act.
Those who oppose the act also challenge it legally, saying that the order violates the fifth amendment on arrest without jury and violates the first amendment on freedom of religion.
Trumps controversial executive order has definitely sparked outrage globally.
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