Trump Targets Refugees & Muslims On Holocaust Remembrance Day Sending Shockwaves Around The World And Creating Chaos
Donald Trump issued an executive order denying 100 million people from Muslim countries and all refugees from entering the United States, which immediately sent ripples of confusion and chaos among US law enforcement agencies, offending our Jewish citizens with the timing of it (on Holocaust Remembrance Day), and offending several Middle Eastern countries. Interestingly, such a ban is clearly not supported by Trump’s Vice President per his Tweet below that a Muslim ban is both offensive and unconstitutional.
Abysmal detainments have resulted, starting with Haider Sameer Abdulkaleq Alshawi, who had been granted a visa to join his wife, who had worked for a US contractor in Iraq, and son, both of whom already live in the US as refugees. The other man is Hameed Khalid Darweesh, who worked with the US government for 10 years after the US invaded Iraq.
The ban was swiftly condemned by many Islamic nations across the world, several of which are US allies in the war against terror. They view this blanket ban as an insult to Islam and as a gift to radical extremists as a rallying call. At Cairo International Airport, previously vetted and approved refugees of the Syrian war had to be turned back.
The Iraqi detainees and the American Civil Liberties Union joined together to file suit against the executive order, which will be likely only the first of many legal challenges to the executive order. Iran has responded with their own ban of US citizens travelling to their country.
Democrats were also quick to slam Trump’s executive order. National security analyst Peter Bergen stated, “This banning of refugees is kind of a red herring, It’s not going to make any difference to the terrorism issue, which is overwhelmingly a United States problem. Because 9/11, of course, was carried out by 19 foreign-born Arab terrorists, I think we tend to conceive of this as a problem that comes from outside, when in fact, it’s really a problem that is internal to the United States right now.”
Democrats are also incensed that the ban affects international students that were lawfully enrolled in college here and may not return to continue their studies. They also argue that not only is basing a ban on a religious context that flies in the face of deeply held American values, but the facts as Peter Bergen stated do not support the justification for the implementation of such a ban.
Their point is quite valid with Citizens and legal US residents having carried out all deadly radical Islamist terrorist attacks in the US since 9/11 — NOT by foreigners visiting the US on a travel visa or by Syrian refugees.