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The Repercussions of President Trump’s Immigration Ban

Donald Trump, the candidate, promised to get to work immediately upon election to keep all of his campaign promises. President Trump delivered. But did he anticipate the international outcry and domestic fury that would be unleashed in response to his immigration ban? Was it a poorly managed security necessity or simply bad policy?

Misinformed Overreaction

President Trump’s original Executive Order sought to keep individuals from Yemen, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Libya from entering the United States. According to the Trump Administration, these countries were chosen due to the lack of reliable vetting procedures, but this rationale did not gain traction. It became known as the “Moslem ban” and sparked immediate cries of condemnation across America, including from the Jewish community who were revisiting images of a previous time in the 1930s when Jews fleeing Nazi oppression were denied entrance. Jewish congregations across America and Europe galvanised and promised to create sanctuary congregations. Moshe Kantor, Head of the European Jewish Congress, cautioned that generalising about the intentions of immigrants based solely on their colour, gender, country of origin, or race is dangerous. Nevertheless, he acknowledges that nations need to implement security measures that will protect their citizenry, especially in light of today’s global terrorism. The challenge is to find that perfect balance between protection from those who pose the highest security risk and remaining a nation hospitable to those simply looking to escape from war, poverty, and oppression. Trump’s executive order was intended to walk this delicate this balance, but the chorus of opposition swept all of the objectivity.

A Poorly Managed Security Necessity

President Trump’s hastily enforced executive order was intended to secure America’s borders and protect the people. In spite of the accusations, Trump emphasised that the order had nothing to do with religion. “This is about terror and keeping our country safe.” But it created disaster lot of confusion. It was implemented immediately, with no preparation. US customs agents, border security personnel and airline officials had no idea what was happening nor how to handle the crisis that ensued. Foreigners who thought they were going to America suddenly found themselves locked out. Chaos ensued at airports across the country, with reverberations around the world. As word spread, thousands took to the streets and airports to protest against the ban, adding to the gridlock. The idea of America being closed to people wanting to reach her shores to partake of the American dream was unacceptable to them. In the end, the executive order fell flat due to extreme mismanagement and a poorly executed message.

Clarifying the Facts

President Trump has signed a new executive order to correct the most troublesome provisions of the last one. The list of banned nations is now down to six all of which have a proven history of supporting terrorism. These are countries experiencing internal chaos where America has no operating diplomatic presence. The new order gave a 10-day notification period before implementation, allowing time for preparation. It is due to be implemented on March 15, 2017. Officials say that Iraq was originally included on the list by mistake. This has been corrected based on an agreement with the Iraqi government that they will improve their security measures and intelligence gathering. And Syrian refugees will have the same waiting period as refugees from the other countries, whereas in the first order their ban was indefinite.

The fate of President Trump’s attempt to shore up the borders by restricting the entrance of certain immigrants is unknown. A lawsuit has already been filed by the State of Hawaii seeking a temporary restraining order. The suit claims that the executive order violates the Constitution and authority of the Executive Branch. Immigration rights groups, as well as, religious and civil rights leaders such as Moshe Kantor, are keeping a careful eye on an evolving immigration strategy, holding the Administration to a high standard of nondiscrimination, while accepting that today’s reality requires something other than open borders.



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