Trump’s immigration ban: diplomatic disaster or necessary precaution?

Demonstrators spell out "# No Muslim Ban" during the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

America elected Donald Trump as their President; yet, the American public is shocked that he is actually following through on his promises.

In wake of recent events, Donald J. Trump passed an executive order on January 27 2017 which prevents migrants (more specifically, Muslims) from entering the U.S. This in turn has caused wide spread panic and protests by civilians, fighting for the ban to be lifted as it is fundamentally “un-American”.

However, the Trump administration is claiming that this isn’t a Muslim ban but just a necessary precaution taken to prevent terrorist attacks. However, the Trump campaign has been previously caught saying that the Republican frontrunner wanted a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

So, on what grounds is this not a racial attack? In the U.S, the most recent attacks on civilians were due to gun violence as opposed to terrorist attacks. Yet, President Trump is keen to slander and disrespect those of a Muslim background and convince citizens of the U.S that Muslims are a threat.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

If this isn’t promoting racism and segregation, then I’m not sure what does. How can a country based on the belief of a free world actually stop people from entering?

The answer?

They can’t.

Hence, after numerous protests and outrage world wide, a U.S judge imposed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The judge has sided with other states within the U.S and has therefore launched legal battles across the country.

It is clear that using the excuse that Muslim migrants have been the sole cause of terrorism in the U.S is not only ridiculous but, in fact racist. Evidence shows that most terrorist attacks are in fact carried out by people who are already in the U.S as opposed to those migrating.  

In America, there are also plenty of records that gun violence and police brutality have been the cause to people’s death and destruction. Therefore, to argue that external factors such as migrants, are the cause of America’s problems is not only stupid, but in fact immature.

Many migrants who may not even be Muslims are now faced with the issue that a country that is supposed to protect civilians and be free, is now showing racist agendas and propagating divisions within the community by imposing restrictions against Muslim countries.

So, to say that the immigration ban is a necessary precaution for the safety of Americans is not only contradictory, but morally wrong.

Muslims are not the issue but discriminatory interventions, racist bigots and extremists are.

Photo Credit: Brian Synder:// Reuters

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