Trump's new executive order
by Megan on May 8, 2017 - 5:03pm
This article summarizes the new executive order signed by President of the United States, Donald Trump. This ban basically prohibits citizens from 6 nations to enter United States. Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya are the six concerning countries.
On January 27, Trump’s first version of executive order was proposed to the court. Originally this order was to band incoming immigrants from the six countries mentioned above. The court was not able to accept this ban, therefore Trump said that he would rethink its executive order and come back with new ideas.
After the first version of the order was reconsidered, the second version came out. This new order pursued the main goal of the first one which was to ban immigrants from the six concerning countries. The new ban was that a 90-day suspension was imposed on traveller. Of course, this executive order was exempting current residents and visa holders. The new order was also cutting the number of refugees to the United States from 100,000 to 50,000. Moreover, Trump considered the possibility to expand its band on many other possible threatening countries. This executive order is considered as “Mr. Trump’s America first pledge to safeguard against what he has portrayed as a hidden influx of terrorists and criminals”.
Not everyone is in favor of this order. Chuck Schumer, The Senate Democratic leader of New York, mentioned that this order was an un-American and mean-spirited act. Furthermore, Margaret Huang, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, think that this order puts fear and concerns a lot of families.
According to the New York Times, none of the terrorists from the recent attacks were from either Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria nor Libya. The majority of them are citizens form the United States.
I understand that the government wants to protect its country by restricting the immigration system. However, I do not think that it is necessary to put the burden on every citizen from these nations. Canada’s immigration policy is more accessible and simple, we are way more open with the idea of welcoming incoming immigrants and helping them out. By doing so, we stimulate our economy and increase the multiculturalism in our society. Even though we welcome a big amount of people from other countries, the rate of terrorist’s attacks still does not increase. Was Trump’s executive order a little bit too extreme? Why did he decided to band these countries? When will Trump realize that he is one of the causes of all of these problems?
Glenn, Thrush. "Trump's New Travel Band Blocks Migrants From Six Nations, Sparing Iraq." The New York Times, 6 Mar. 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/us/politics/travel-ban-muslim-trump.html. Accessed 7 April 2017.