Trump Ringing in the New Year With a New Ban on Muslim Countries

Staff Writer: Heather Abler

     Donald Trump’s new order that was set into place on January 27, to say the least, triggered worldwide attention and captured almost every headline for the past few weeks. The order states that no one that has a passport in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen can travel to the United States for 90 days, and refugees cannot come to the United States for 120 days.

The reason, he says, is because we need “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” This subject is under major controversy, as one side thinks that this act is inhumane and a violation of basic human rights, but the other side fears terrorist attacks, or one of their loved ones getting killed by a refugee who came to the United States.

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Group of People Protesting the Travel Ban. Photo Credit: Emily Boswell

What is interesting about the temporary ban on travel is that no terrorist attacks post 9/11 has been from people that are from the listed countries, which raises a lot of wondering as to why they were selected. However, it has been stated that Obama, not Trump himself, made the list of countries, naming them “Areas of Concern” in February 2016.

How did the ban affect us as Americans? America is now more divided than ever. The weeks were filled with protests, fights, and public destruction. Several companies have made statements saying they were opening thousands of jobs to refugees, including Starbucks, who offered 10,000. When you really think about it though, is this good for businesses to be making such controversial statements to the world? Starbucks’ stock immediately went down a few hours after the CEO announced the job openings.

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Another Group of People Parading Posters to Show Their Disagreement with the Ban. Photo Credit: Emily Boswell

However, the federal government stated that they’re placing a temporary halt on Trump’s travel ban, and that Muslims will be allowed to travel to the United States once again. We asked two students from Woodstock High School, Hannah Riddick, freshman, and Megan Neely, junior, what they think about Trump’s temporary ban. Hannah stated, “They should let it happen and stop people from not letting it pass.” Megan said, “I think that it’s good to have a cooling off period where it’s not completely open doors but I also think that most people that they are keeping out are innocent. Also, I don’t see how we expect to get adequate amounts of background information on these people because if they’re fleeing their war torn country, that means everything has been destroyed, including all papers or documents that they’d need to enter the U.S.”

It’s only two months into Trump’s presidency and already the world is going crazy. What a wild ride it will be for the next four years!

 

 

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