Reactions to Travel Ban
February 21, 2017
Two reporters share their stances on the travel ban enacted by the Jan. 27 executive order.
graphic by Katarina Harrison
Discrimination is not defense
On Jan. 27, President Donald Trump issued a vile, discriminatory executive order that, among other things, blocks travelers from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. This policy not only unjustly discriminates against people of certain faiths and origins, but also has caused a violent and divisive reaction within the country that is tearing apart our national pride and unity.
The ban targets the seven Muslim majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and does not allow visitors or immigrants from any of them, regardless of legality.
We can see our nation begin to crumble with every newscast showing a protest. The protests themselves are a beautiful example of people fighting for what is right, but the mere need for them is extremely disturbing. The government’s job is to unify us, not to divide us in the way Trump’s travel ban has done. Trump has been eager to ban Muslims from day one, a sentiment he made abundantly clear throughout his campaign. Now that he holds office, Trump has wasted no time in enacting that ban, and in the process, creating the protest ridden, divided country we see today.
The reason behind the protests is clear. People are stepping up to defend those who do not have the numbers to defend themselves. The consequences of the Travel Ban have been immediate and immense. About 90,000 people have been affected in some way by this ban, and even more will be until it ends. People who worked to get visas and passports to enter the United States are being denied. Friends and family of American-citizens are being barred from entering the country due to nothing more than their national origin. As a nation, we’ve been working to end discrimination based on race, ethnicity and national origin, but Trump’s travel ban not only encourages discrimination against those from the middle east, it turns it into a law. What kind of message does that send to other minorities within the country?
The impact isn’t only social. The ban has had strong effects on the economy as well, especially the tourism industry. Searches for international flights to the United States have dropped 17 percent since the announcement of the travel ban. Living in Florida, a state that is extremely dependent on tourism, this should be extremely disturbing.
The negative consequences that this ban has spawned are all being justified by the idea that it will protect the American people, but it is unlikely to be very successful at that either. Terrorists do not come from a shortlist of seven countries. Terrorists can come from anywhere, including within the United States, and assuming that banning travel from seven countries will protect citizens is as dangerous as it is narrow-minded.
Trump’s travel ban, aside from being impulsive, discriminatory, and divisive, is likely to completely fail at its intended goal. The results have been dangerously dramatic and will only get worse. The Trump administration needs to realize their mistake, and start taking steps to restore our nation to a state of unity.
President protecting the people
Eighty-seven killed. More than 400 injured. A truck plowed into Nice, France on July 14, 2016 during a national holiday celebration. This incident, as well as countless others, was committed by a member of ISIS. This is exactly the kind of attack that President Donald Trump’s travel ban will prevent.
Keeping America safe has been a part of Trump’s campaign since day one and the travel ban is a big step towards this goal. Trump signed an executive order that imposed a temporary travel restriction from prominent terrorist harboring states. The intention of the ban is not to last forever, but give the government enough time to establish a vetting process that can properly and thoroughly screen refugees. These countries have proven to be harboring terrorists which are unreliable and unsafe to the American people.
The protection of our people should be our top priority. There were seven major terrorist attacks in Europe last year. National security is more at a risk now than ever before and Trump clearly recognizes that fact. The travel restriction is not only a precaution but a necessity.
Many foolish people do not realize the danger of terrorism and are getting upset about the travel ban. They think that everyone should be allowed into the country, but this policy could and would allow dangerous people to enter the country with insufficient screening. With the recent violent attacks, the safety of the U.S. is constantly at risk. Now that Trump is the leader of the free world, protecting the American people is a major part of his job, one that he is handling aggressively, forcefully, and most importantly, successfully. These protests are unnecessary, and are not looking at the long-term result of the restriction. They just see a few people who cannot get into the country, and then the endless protesting begins.
Protesters should look at some of the tragic incidents that have happened, and realize the potential dangers that the travel ban will help us to avoid. Nobody wants American citizens to become victims of terrorism. Trump did not order the ban for no reason, he wanted to secure the well-being of U.S. citizens. Protesters claim that the restriction is directly affecting over 90,000 people. America’s population is 318.9 million people. The safety of millions of people needs to come before the emotions of thousands. Besides, Trump is not saying those people can never return. He wants to prevent attacks, but after the restriction, then those people can properly become citizens.
Although all seven countries are predominantly Muslim, the purpose of the restriction is not to ban Muslims, but to ban sharia supremacists. Trump’s intention, which many people can agree with, is not to get rid of all immigrants. He wants to make sure the country is protected and recently America has not been doing a great job at that. Our country was built on immigration and it should continue, but it has to be done legally, and proper screening is a necessity in order to protect the American people from threats.
Conservatives should not have to apologize for Trump pressing a pause button to double check that the immigration system in place now will keep Americans safe. Nobody is saying that the ban is permanent, but the safety of Americans has to come first. Up until last month, it was not a priority but Trump’s travel ban has changed that.