Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump travel ban: Here's what you need to know


Summary : 
On January 27th, President Trump issued an executive order that halted immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The ban also stopped people that held green cards and valid visas from those countries from entering the US. Those that were in the air were also stuck at customs, causing a New York judge to make those already at airports exempt from the ban. Trump has mentioned 9/11 in his justification of the ban, yet Saudi Arabians, who were the hijackers of the planes, and Pakistanis, who planned the attack are not on the list. There has been an uproar all across the country, with many protesting at airports against the order.

Connection :
This order can be connected to the National Origins Act of 1924, which set a quota on immigration and essentially excluded Asians from coming to this country. The Act was later cancelled out by the Immigration Act of 1965, which removed the quota system and made it illegal to use race, national origin or ancestry as a way to accept immigrants, similar to what the order has done. The order is bringing us back to the 1900s, where many were excluded from coming into America based on their race

Questions :
Trump has cited this act as a way to protect national security, similar to Japanese internment. Do you think this act will help improve security at all, or is it unnecessary? Why? What consequences might it have on foreign policy, and how might it affect immigration?

6 comments:

  1. I think this act will not improve security at all, because evidence suggest that 9/11 attackers were not even in the countries Trump has banned from coming into the United States which also leads to my opinion that this travel ban is unnecessary and is hurting what our country stands for more than it is helping us or keeping us "safe." I don't think foreign policy is a problem with Trumps travel ban but our economy. There have been reports that world renowned engineers and doctors can't enter the United States because of where they come from and that could negatively hurt our citizens.

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    1. I definitely agree that the act will not improve national security at all. Citing 9/11 as reasoning for the ban just proves how little thought was put into the ban. However, i think that it might have a negative effect of foreign policy, especially regarding immigration. In addition, it may also make the problem with ISIS worse, as a large part of its propaganda is based on hating America

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  2. I believe that Trump's travel ban is really unnecessary and is primarily due to his racist views towards Muslims. Rather than using extensive background checks and searches, he decided to ban ALL people coming from these countries, including many who are innocent people. Also, the policy is very vague and general, not indicating specifically the exact people or conditions to ban a person, making it very discriminatory against primarily Islamic countries.

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  3. I feel that Trump's ban will not solve anything because either way people are still gonna get in. It's only matter of time...

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    1. I feel that Trump's ban will not solve anything because either way people are still gonna get in. It's only matter of time...

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  4. I think that Trumps executive order is entirely unnecessary. Especially considering he is also denying the entry of those with green cards and visas. He has most likely ordered this with good intentions, however, I can only see this as being harmful to the country in the end.

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