Trump Bans Muslims With One Wave of His Pen
Trump signed an executive order Friday prohibiting entry for refugees and immigrants from the following seven countries for a period of 90 days: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya.
This is how war begins. When fear meets overreaction, military conflict often follows.
Just hours after Trump signed the executive order to restrict immigration from Muslim countries, twelve refugees were detained at JFK Airport. It’s been 24 hours since Trump has signed the executive order and it’s caused uproar across the United States. One detainee, Hameed Jhalid Darweesh, 53, was released Saturday afternoon, however the other eleven remain in custody.
Google Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, delivered an imperative message to employees oversees: Get back to the US, now! Trump has signed fourteeen executive orders (and counting) in just one week as president. The executive order banning Muslims is titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This executive order is proof of Trump’s campaign promise to limit access for Muslims via an "extreme vetting" process.
CNN reports Trumps comments during the swearing-in of Defense Secretary, James Mattis. According to the report, Trump said, "I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America...We don't want them here.”
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D - NY) along with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D - NY) went to JFK Airport to support those who have been detained due to Trump’s executive order. "What it shows is the lack of clarity and guidelines from this executive order and how arbitrary the executive order is," Velazquez said.
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California stated,"On Holocaust Memorial Day, Trump restricted refugees from Muslim-majority countries. Make no mistake - this is a Muslim ban.”
Trump’s administration and the GOP are living in a false reality, thanks to Trump advisor Kelly Conway. By stating the White House may present "alternative facts" when pressured, Conway indirectly informed the world that the White House and its decisions are devoid of reason or sound investigation. Muslims are responsible for the creation of ISIS and past attacks on U.S. soil. Throughout Trump’s campaign, accusations of Obama being the founder of ISIS became prevalent despite its inaccuracy.
This executive order (banning a religion) is fueling the false narrative of Muslims sharing the blame for any/all attacks worldwide. In Trump's unsophisticated method of reviewing evidence, he concluded that muslims are responsible for terror. This sort of reckless, wholly nonfactual rhetoric is damaging and can be the genesis of a new war.