Thoughts on the Donald Trump US Muslim ban?
Is it just what the US needs to protect itself?
Is it an absolute disaster?
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The Donald Trump so called Muslim ban has sent shock waves throughout the world. As I expected, there is a great deal of misreporting and hysteria surrounding the executive order. I propose to give some facts in regards to the US so called Muslim ban and to provide my own thoughts on this controversial move. Overall its not a good policy and the implementation is even worse. It’s not actually a Muslim ban in any real or technical sense. My article will explain why.
My big question is who is more overjoyed at the idea of this order being defined as a Muslim ban? Donald Trump? The media? Ultra conservatives? Western regressive liberals?
Last Friday Donald Trump signed an executive order which did the following:
-Suspension of the US Syrian refugee program.
-Suspension of US refugee program for 120 days
-90 day ban on citizens (NOT JUST Muslims) from entering the US that come from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
-Diplomats are exempt.
-Dual citizens are banned.
There has been a lot of confusion regarding green card holders. Green card citizens from the seven banned countries carrying lawful residence that have denied US entry. The order does not detail anything specific about Green Card holders. Homeland security Chief John Kelly says ” lawful green card holders will not be banned.” Why the reported denied entries? Internal confusion with the Muslim ban? This is a sign of an ineffectual implemented strategy.
Donald Trump has said that his “extreme vetting system will help keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US. Trump did say that he wanted to stop terrorism but he also said, as part of his election campaign, that he wanted to reduce the threat of Islamic extremism. This is everything relating to Islam that is dangerous and problematic. Terrorists, jihadists and their sympathizers, and Muslims that indulge in and/or support human rights violations via Sharia law. Therefore, why aren’t the following nations on his temporary Muslim ban list?
Saudia Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
These countries may not all be war zones. However, they have Islamic extremist/problematic populations that are considered to be a threat. The temporary so called Muslim ban list is very selective. Countries that are US allies and/or business partners have been conveniently left out. Hence, this move seems suspicious and disingenuous because its not backing up the original stated objective.
The US already have a strong immigration and vetting system in place. I am in support of making these systems tighter and more regulated. Tightening regulations will take more time and money, but this is a better option that what Trump has put in place so far.
The prioritizing of Christian refugees and immigrants from the Middle East is an interesting angle. It’s unconstitutional to prioritize intake due to religious beliefs. Middle Eastern Christians are persecuted by Muslim majorities. Christians are also persecuted in Egypt, Turkey, East Africa, and Pakistan. They do not get the same amount of interest or sympathy from Western liberals.
In response to refugee intake, I am in two minds about it. I believe nations should help out in global humanitarian crisis. I believe nations should be able to assess and choose how many refugees they will take in. No one else should make that decision but the country themselves.
This leaves me in the dilemma of believing that certain countries take in too little and certain nations take in too many. The US could take in many more than it has. It’s responsible for so much damage in the Middle East, it should be providing more assistance. The Gulf Nations should be taking in the majority but most of them offer no help at all. Germany and Europe have taken in far too many.
However, the executive order is unethical in respect to the plight of the refugees. The catalysts of conflicts should do their bit to assist in the mess that they create. In addition, countries founded on multiculturalism and have multicultural policy have a bigger responsibility in taking in refugees. The US is one of them.
Trump has been screaming about doing something not only about Islamic based terrorism but Islamic based extremism and all the issues that come with it. So I waited for some kind of staunch ass revolutionary move that would bowl the world over. What do we get? Some piss weak general ban on all citizens from nations that have been rehashed from an old Obama list that deliberately leave out allied/business interest nations that have problematic Islamic populations.
You can look at it as a Muslim ban if you choose to but technically its not, nor is it a unique revolutionary Muslim ban in any real sense. It solves nothing nor does it address the issues of Islamic extremism.
The temporary so called Muslim ban is a strategic attempt to show the public that Trump is living up to his election promise. It’s a terrible and disorganised policy. If Trump intends to make this permanent he should do it properly and live up to his initial objectives. He is certainly not off to a good start. Stricter immigration and vetting process should have been a top agenda priority instead.