The new executive order set forth by President Donald Trump, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” is better known as the “Muslim Ban.”
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement on January 29th, 2017.
“The Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017 allows for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals.”
This new order bars foreign citizens of 7 Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Once the order was announced, Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly put a temporary stop to the deportation of legal Muslim refugees nationwide.
Donnelly’s swift response prevented immigrants from being deported, yet their entrance into the United States remains unresolved.
Outrage against these executive orders has risen all over the country, with protests heavily spreading across the US.
Joining the cries of injustice, popular news outlets such as The New York Times, have spoke openly against Trump’s new rule.
“The president’s order, enacted with the stroke of a pen at 4:42 p.m. Friday, suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.”
What does this mean for American citizens and Middle Eastern relations?
Opposition to the legislation are insinuating that the ban is counterintuitive: Harming relations with the Middle East, while giving ISIS what they want– a reason to go to war with the US.
The New York Times scrutinizes Trumps’ intentionality towards Middle Eastern relations.
“American allies in the Middle East will reasonably question why they should cooperate with, and defer to, the United States while its top officials vilify their faith.”
Larger companies, such as Starbucks, have pledged to hire refugees as employees. Foreign countries have responded to the ban, releasing statements ranging from personally criticizing Trump, welcoming refugees in their country, and threatening reciprocal measures, such as blocking American travelers from entering their country.
Trump has responded to the opposition by releasing a statement and denying that this was a ban against Islam, writes CNN.
“To be clear, this 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.”
In an interview with The Telegraph, British Politician Sadiq Kahn calls the order “cruel” and “shameful,” and goes on to use Somalian-born Olympian Mo Farah as an example of one of the known Muslims who were thought to be affected.
“And these are the people we know about,. Imagine the tens of thousands of people from around the world who will be banned from the USA as a consequence of this ban. It’s cruel, and it’s shameful. [It] doesn’t matter what faith you are; You should call it out and say what it is.”
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