In late January of 2017, the new President Donald J. Trump gave an executive order to have a “Muslim Ban” of 90 days that bars 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., as well as suspension of the U.S. refugee system for a period of 120 days. Less than 200 days may not seem like a huge amount of time, but to Muslims throughout the United States, refugees, and even just regular people from those 7 countries, it is extremely disconcerting.
Tania Jiroudi, ‘19, citizenship holder in both U.S. and Iran, said, “My family hasn’t been affected yet, but I do fear that the situation will escalate and I won’t be able to visit Iran like I always do.” She goes on to express that the ban has already proved to be detrimental and chaotic.
If this ban is truly for the purpose of security, then why aren’t countries like Saudi Arabia on the ban list? According to the Huffington Post, Saudi Arabia is responsible for producing millions of textbooks with hate towards Christianity and Judaism and has been ordered by American officials to be removed by 2008, but mysteriously there hasn’t been regulation by the United States of this order truly being completed. The Independent has also stated that President Trump is also has heavily involved business affairs in Saudi Arabia despite his words of blame towards the country regarding the attacks of 9/11 as well as the lack of taking in refugees.
One of Redwood’s exchange students from Pakistan, Usman Shah, ‘18, said, “I believe that ban was not the best decision, but it isn’t the worst decision either. The worst part about it is that Muslim’s with VISA’s and green cards, who have already been through heavy background checks, are included in the ban as well. The ban is only beneficial in a way that hopefully encourages the countries banned to improve their systems.” His own country, Pakistan, isn’t apart of the ban because of how efficient the background checking is when their people leave the country.
While still in it’s early stages, the Muslim Ban will be a defining moment for President Trump and the stance he takes on foreign affairs for the remainder of his presidency.
Links: Huffington Post. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-tinsley/why-isnt-saudi-arabia-on-_b_14545140.html>
The Independent UK. <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-muslim-ban-judge-suspended-reacts-big-trouble-tweet-immigration-bob-ferguson-a7562671.html>