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Muslim Ban doesn’t reflect America

(CC by SA) Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Gage Skidmore

Gage Skidmore

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

These are the words that are written at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty, meaning that as a nation founded by immigrants, we welcome them and encourage them into our country that stands for equality and sanctuary for those fleeing from oppression. It does not mean that we ban immigrants, tourists, and refugees from entering our country and detaining them at airports.

Trump’s new executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days, and stops the entry of Syrian refugees permanently. The ban also prevents the entry of citizens, including those who had a visa to enter the United States, from 7 Muslim majority countries, these being Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days.

According to Trump this ban is not a “Muslim Ban”, as many have dubbed it, but instead a ban to protect this country from terrorists.  However if this were going to be a ban to protect us against terrorists then he should have banned Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where the only terrorist attacks against the United States have come from. But he didn’t because he has business in both of those nations, clear contradiction to his statement of wanting America to be safe from terrorists.

On Saturday a federal judge granted an emergency stay for those who had already entered the country, those who were already traveling to the U.S., and those hold legal visas. However before that, there were families and refugees who were being put back on a plane to the land they had been struggling to escape from.

“We don’t want them here,” Trump said.

Trump may be the president of the United States, but it’s clear from the multitude of protests around the country that many don’t share his opinion and that he does not speak for us. No human being should treated differently because of their nationality, religion, or color of their skin, and no human being should be denied entry into the United States. How can we call ourselves a nation of immigrants when we won’t even allow them into the country?

 

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