What Has Happened to the Muslim Ban?


A picture of the seven countries that were placed under the temporary travel ban. Photo courtesy of Google images.

On Friday, January 27, 2017, one week after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled, “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES,” according to whitehouse.gov.

“Trump proposed the idea of temporarily halting Muslims from entering the U.S. in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terror attacks in late 2015,” according to denverpost.com This Muslim ban was front and center for the majority of Donald Trump’s campaign.

This executive order caused a great dismay to a large amount of Americans which led to protests against the executive order. This executive order is a very controversial order due to the protection of the freedom of religion under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

However, the name Muslim ban is not 100% true because according to politfact.com, “The order does not affect most Muslims. According to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, there are 49 Majority-Muslim nations and the seven covered by the order have only about 12 percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims.”

This executive order to halt immigration from these seven countries has been stopped as of now by a United States judge by the name of James Robart.

“U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart of Seattle on Friday issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban put in place by President Trump last week. The White House quickly responded, saying the federal government would challenge the judge’s decision,” according to USAtoday.com.

The order has halted many people at airports trying to come into the United States, causing protests at airports. There have even been protests in airports as close as BWI.

In regards to the reactions of the immigration ban, the speaker of the house Paul Ryan stated, “‘Our number one responsibility is to protect the homeland. We are a compassionate nation, and I support the refugee resettlement program, but it’s time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa vetting process,’ Ryan said in a statement, adding, ‘President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country,’” according to cnn.com

“I understand why President Trump came to the point of the travel ban with terror attacks around the world especially with 9/11, but I think he went about it the wrong way. I know he wants to make America safe, but this rushed executive order was not the answer,” said senior Matt Purnell

“I was very surprised to hear Trump actually banned those predominantly Muslim countries,” senior Austin Light exclaimed.

“Trump is governing almost exactly how he said he would during a campaign that he won. No one should be surprised,” according to denverpost.com

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