The truth behind the travel ban

February 10, 2017


The first two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with action. During the first 10 days, Trump signed seven executive orders. The order that has gotten the  most attention is the EO halting immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.


This ban bars citizens from Libya, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Trump also suspended the US refugee program for 120 days.


While this order may come as a surprise, this is not the first time a president has put a halt on immigration. In 2011, Obama’s state department stopped processing Iraqi refugee requests for six months. The order came from a direct threat made by Iraqi nationals living in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


The argument against Trump’s ban is that there have been no direct threats from any of these seven countries. According to a Politifact report, no immigrant from the countries listed has been implicated in any fatal terrorist attack in the Unites States, though perpetrators of at least three non-deadly cases were connected to Iran or Somalia.


The job of the president is to first make sure his citizens are safe. That is what both Presidents Trump and Obama have done.


The difference with Trump’s order and Obama’s is the media. The news media has been covering Trump and his orders very closely. Some would say they are just doing their jobs.


Is the media making this more of a circus than it should be? Twitter has made it easier for the public to follow what is being said and done, and Donald Trump himself is no stranger to the popular social media site.


American citizens are scared and want to see change. They do not want to see another terror attack on this nation. The people understand this nation was built on immigrants, but they want to be able to keep everyone here safe before welcoming new citizens.


The people from these countries are fleeing war and looking for a better life. They look to America as the land of freedom and opportunity.


The American people must come first, and Trump is doing that. Not all American citizens are happy with this ban. The travel ban has been blocked by multiple federal judges, and we are waiting to see if the order will get overturned. 


It has been three weeks since Trump was sworn in. We still have four more years with this man as our president. While he may say outrageous things on Twitter, he is still the president.


The role of the president is to keep its citizens safe, and that is what Trump believes he is doing, whether we like it or not. Our country is going through a transitional period, and only time will tell how things will play out.


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