The word ban, by definition, means to “officially or legally prohibit”. On January 27, 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order to ban all Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 120 days. People from those countries are not allowed to enter the United States and many of them have been and continue to be detained in airports because they are Muslim. Sean Spicer, Trump’s Secretary of Press, has continuously denied the executive orders as a “ban” and has told all reporters that “it is not a ban”. However, Mr. Trump has called it a ban multiple times, but at the same time, he defends himself by saying that it is not a ban. So which is it?
It is 100% a ban. Muslims from 7 different Muslim majority countries are not allowed in the United States because of their religion, race, ethnicity, and beliefs. Mr. Trump has said that the ban (or not ban) is not based on religion or race but rather a way to keep our country safe because “those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law [should not be admitted into the United States]… [it] is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe”. The irony is, Mr. Trump banned these countries because he said he wants to prevent any more terrorist attacks from happening, but none of the seven countries he banned had anything to do with 9/11.
Mr. Trump believes that the “right way” to run this country is through fear and division. You would think that he would’ve learned by now that his methods only spark protests and anger within the American people, but many people never learn from their mistakes. After Mr. Trump enacted his executive order on the Muslim ban, people immediately took to airports all across the nation and protested for the rights of Muslims and immigrants. Protesters chanted, “No Ban, No Wall!”, “Refugees are welcome here!”, and “This is what America looks like!”. Large cities like Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Portland, Seattle, and our own backyard, San Francisco had hundreds of people protesting at their airports. Even states that voted Republican and have traditionally been Republican, such as Idaho (Boise) and Texas (Dallas), protested against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
As someone with immigrant parents, it’s frustrating to read the news and constantly see Mr. Trump bashing immigrants, talking about how horrible they are and how they steal jobs. This country was founded by immigrants from England and the only people who aren’t immigrants in this country are Native Americans and the Mexican people who lived in California and Texas. People from all around the world come to America searching for a better opportunity and freedom. Now, because of Mr. Trump and his cabinet, many of them might not ever be able to come into this country. But one thing is for sure: Donald Trump is right. It’s not a ban. It’s the start of a revolution the liberals are going to win.
*This viewpoint reflects the author not the Crown and Shield