“Trump’s Refugee Ban.” Is It Actually A Muslim Ban?

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Titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders to prevent all people from certain countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspended Refugee programs for 120 days, just a week after his inauguration into the white house.

“It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.” Trump told reporters. But, is it really working out nicely? Widespread confusion in the country, chaos in the airports across the US, people getting detained for hours and some even getting deported, democrats turning against republicans, like that wasn’t an issue already.(CNN)

The executive order Trump has signed affects people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Excluded from the list, are several majority-Muslim countries where the Trump Organization has done businesses or perused potential deals.

2017-trump-immigration-ban-conflict-of-interest_twitter.pngTrump’s order makes no mention of Turkey, which has witnessed several terrorist attacks in the last year. Could it be because Trump has licensed his name to two luxury towers in Istanbul? sources show  Trump’s most recent financial disclosure, filed in May when he was a presidential candidate, that he had earned as much as $6 million in the previous year from the deals.

United Arab Emirates, a powerful Muslim nation with whom Trump has licensed his name to a Dubai golf resort, as well as a luxury home ­development and spa, was left untouched from the “refugee Ban.”

excluded from the ban as well were both Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Saudi Arabia being one of the wealthiest Muslim nations and Indonesia being world’s largest Muslim-majority country, where there are two large Trump-branded resorts underway, built in partnership with local companies.

Does this kind of a “refugee ban” has anything to do with securing the national borders? I do not believe so, as well as millions of US citizens. If making America great again means banning 7 MUSLIM-majority countries that are either in war or in a chaotic condition, and excluding the ones that are wealthy and stable, at least in the meantime, then we have to rethink what the word “great” holds. if excluding those certain nations from the ban has anything to do with Trump’s personal businesses, then it is a violation of the constitution. If the goal is making America free from terrorists, a ban based on national origin will hardly does anything to achieve the objective. Instead, it only discriminates people based on their race, who are looking for nothing but a fresh start.

Arsen Vartanian

 

 

 

 

 

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